Thursday, July 16, 2020


Over 1 lakh apply for water connection under VDS : Razia Sultana

CHANDIGARH:Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) notified by Water Supply and Sanitation Department has received unprecedented response from the consumers. Since the launch of this scheme over 1 lac applications have already been received, which includes 52913 applications for approval of unapproved connections and 55717 applications for new water connections. It was disclosed by Mrs. Razia Sultana, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister in a press communiqué released here today.

New facilities at Ropar wetland to attract more eco tourists from across the globe : Channi

CHANDIGARH:Only a couple of months away, when our winged guests from Siberia and other countries will arrive in Ropar Wetland, the tourists visiting the wetland will have a different experience. In a press statement issued here today the Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi said that the new facilities have been developed by the Punjab Government to attract more national and international tourists and bird watchers.

Renuka Sondhi takes the world by her art works

CHANDIGARH: During a recently organized Art competition by New York Art competition called “INSPIRATION FROM ISOLATION” Renuka Sondhi from Model Town, Yamunanagar placed herself amongst the top six top artists of the World and the only lady artist from India.

Starbucks opened its first drive through outlet in Zirakpur near Chandigarh

Session on Managing Changes, Converting challenges into opportunities and Govt. initiatives

CHANDIGARH:  Paramjit Singh, Director – Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED), inaugurated here on Thursday a 4- day online program on Entrepreneurship. It is organized by the School of Entrepreneurship Cell, Baba Farid Group of Institutions, Deon, Bathinda, and RCED. Around150 students and faculty members enrolled in the program.

K Srinvas and Naga Jothi emerge world online carrom challenge - India 2020 champs

CHANDIGARH:Former World Cup champion K. Srinivas and Naga Jothi emerged winners in the men's and women's sections, respectively, in the World Online Carrom Challenge - India 2020.

Media employees hold protest against retrenchments by Newspaper organisations

CHANDIGARH: Employees of various media organisations - journalists as well as non-journalists today protested against the large scale retrenchments and seeking of forcible resignations from media professionals by the managements of various media houses.

Refer Bill 2020 to the standing committee - AIPEF

CHANDIGARH:All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has termed the press release of
Ministry of Power misleading as there is no change proposed in the draft
Amendment bill 2020 and it only tries to justify its stand over the bill, said V K Gupta federation spokesperson.

Cruel training process of young elephants

CHANDIGARH:The Animal Protection released an unseen footage on Thursday shows parts of the cruel training process, sometimes known as ‘the crush’, that young elephants endure to make them submissive enough to interact with tourists. The harrowing footage was captured to document the most common techniques used to break the elephant’s spirits, which is often done using a range of techniques.

Skill training programs by RCED and TMF

CHANDIGARH:Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED) in
collaboration with Tech Mahindra Foundation initiated broadly three
online Skill Training Programs for the youth.

Aruna Chaudhary directs to expedite the process of promotions in Social Security department

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary today directed the higher officers of the department to expedite the process of promotions in the department and finalize the seniority lists on priority.

Brahm Shankar Sharma assumes charge as Vice Chairman PSIDC in presence of Sunder Sham Arora

CHANDIGARH:Mr. Brahm Shankar Sharma (Jimpa) today assumed the office as Vice Chairman of Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC). Punjab Industries and Commerce Minister Mr. Sunder Sham Arora and family members of newly appointed PSIDC Vice Chairman were also present on the occasion.

Interviews for the post of BBMB chairman held today

CHANDIGARH:The selection process for the post of new Bhakra Beas
Management Board (BBMB) chairman started today with the
interview of shortlisted candidates.

PGI-Chandigarh staff restrained from observing strike

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday restrained the PGIMER Employees Union from proceeding on strike or disrupting the functioning of the institute or hospital in any manner owing to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.

Chandigarh fixes Rs 2,000 for corona test

CHANDIGARH:The Chandigarh administration on Monday fixed Rs 2,000 for a COVID-19 test.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting between Chandigarh Advisor Manoj Parida and private SRL Diagnostics Laboratory, which is authorized to test corona cases in the city.

Protest against disconnection of electricity meter of Youth Welfare Club Cooperative House Mohali by the PSPCL

Memorandum to Management of Elante Mall Chandigarh to Boycott Chinese Goods

CHANDIGARH--After recent standoff between India and China the whole
country is United and intends to take steps to counter Chinese
aggression. Realising this Advocate .

Border can't be sealed, precaution needed: Chandigarh Advisor

CHANDIGARH:Border cannot be sealed but precaution against coronavirus can be taken by avoiding visiting risky areas, Chandigarh Advisor Manoj Parida said.
Quoting an example of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Parida informed in a tweet that its Director General of Police, the Inspector General of Police and the Senior Superintendent of Police have become corona positive after official tour to Delhi.

EPFO launches multi-location claim settlement facility

CHANDIGARH: The EPFO has recently launched a multi-location claim settlement facility. This facility will bring a paradigm shift by allowing EPFO offices to settle online claims from any of its regional offices, across the country. All types of online claims i.e. provident fund, pension, partial withdrawal and claims and transfer claims can be processed under this novel initiative.

Implementing "Mission Fateh" campaign,blood donation camps being organized to fulfill demand of hospitals:Balbir Singh Sidhu

CHANDIGARH:Around 2850 units have been collected today
Health Minister appreciated Barnala, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Tej Partap Singh Phoolka and Civil Surgeon Dr. GB Singh for donating blood in camp
Anyone can download e-raktkosh application to know the availability of blood

Sushant's police officer brother-in-law suspects foul play

CHANDIGARH:Actor Sushant Singh Rajput's brother-in-law O.P. Singh, who is the Additional Director General of Police and posted as Special Officer in the Haryana Chief Minister's Office, suspected some foul play in the crime, it is reliably learnt on Monday.

States’ implementation of Street Vendors Act tardy: CCS

CHANDIGARH- Think Tank, Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released ‘Progress Report 2020 on Implementing the Street Vendor Act.’  As per the report, states have a mixed record in implementing the Street Vendors Act with Andhra Pradesh tops the list and Assam standing at the bottom.

RCED in the service of students

CHANDIGARH: The Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED), Chandigarh in collaboration with Tech Mahindra Foundation’s SMART-T Centre Mohali organized 7 Online entrepreneurship development programs from April 27 to June 10 to utilize the lock down period to inspire students who were locked in their houses.

RCED in the service of students

CHANDIGARH:The Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED), Chandigarh in collaboration with Tech Mahindra Foundation’s SMART-T Centre Mohali organized 7 Online entrepreneurship development programs from April 27 to June 10 to utilize the lock down period to inspire students who were locked in their houses

States’ implementation of Street Vendors Act tardy: CCS

CHANDIGARH:Think Tank, Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released ‘Progress Report 2020 on Implementing the Street Vendor Act.’ As per the report, states have a mixed record in implementing the Street Vendors Act with Andhra Pradesh tops the list and Assam standing at the bottom. Even six years after the passing of the Act, eight states are yet to notify either rules or schemes, says ‘Progress Report 2020 on Implementing the Street Vendors Act’, released by leading think tank Centre for Civil Society (CCS). This report has been drafted in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

Power demand increase by 1200 MW on day 1

CHANDIGARH:With the start of Paddy season on Wednesday, the power demand in state was 9296 MW, an increase of over 1200 MW from the previous day. the power supply in the state was 2072 Lakh units, an increase of 300 LU .

22% workers lost jobs amid lockdown in northern states: Survey

CHANDIGARH:Researchers have found that 22 per cent workers lost their jobs and 31 per cent faced partial unemployment amid the lockdown in three north Indian states.
The focus group on business and economic policy research of University Business School (UBS) of Panjab University here has done an online survey for mapping the impacts of lockdown on employment in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

Novel & Noble initiative to ensure menstrual hygiene of women prisoners

CHANDIGARH:IRS officer Amanpreet aided by NGO 'Sangini Saheli' undertakes distribution of sanitary napkins in prisons of State
Express deep gratitude to Jail Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa & Jail Department

EPFO settles 36.02 lakh claims during lockdown

CHANDIGARH: During the challenging times of COVID -19 lockdown, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), a statutory body under Union Ministry of Labour & Employment, has left no stone unturned in ensuring timely and effective delivery of services to its members.

AIPEF demands withdrawal of electricity Amendment Bill 2020

CHANDIGARH:All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the Government of India “Not to use its brute majority in the Parliament for enacting the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020”, said V K Gupta spokesperson of Federation.

SLSA organizes World Environment Day

CHANDIGARH:Under the able guidance of Hon'ble Mr Justice Jaswant
Singh Executive Chairman State Legal Services Authority, UT
Chandigarh and Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, the
Authority organized E webinars on the occasion of World Environment
Day here on Friday.

Don't bring kids to Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake for excursion'

CHANDIGARH:Chandigarh Advisor Manoj Parida has expressed concern over people bringing their minor children for excursion to the famed Sukhna Lake here.
He has hinted at use of police force to educate them. Take precautions as the fight against the coronavirus is far from over, Punjab Chief Minister amarinder Singh has already cautioned earlier.

National Webinar on Entrepreneurship Development concludes

CHANDIGARH:Two-day national webinar on entrepreneurship development
is concluded here on Thursday. It was organized by MCM DAV College for
Women, Sector 36 Chandigarh in collaboration with Entrepreneurship
Development Cell (EDC) of Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship
Development (RCED) and Tech Mahindra Foundation’s SMART-T Centre,

Heavy rain, hail storms hit Chandigarh.

Chandigarh schools barred from hiking fee

CHANDIGARH:The Chandigarh administration, here on Wednesday, asked schools in the city not to increase fees for this academic session. The order was issued by Advisor Manoj Parida under the Disaster Management Act.

PSPCL’s financial survival hinges upon subsidy payment

CHANDIGARH:The financial survival of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) hinges upon on the payment of complete subsidy by Punjab Government.
The power subsidy bill payable by Punjab Government to Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. (PSPCL) Is ₹16,400 crore which is more than half of its annual revenue requirements of Rs 31000 crore approved by Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC).

35 journalists from Chandigarh region lose jobs

CHANDIGARH: As many as 35 journalists from various publications in Chandigarh region have lost their jobs in one month. Even some of them who are not directly on rolls of the organizations, either working full time as a retainers or their contracts happens to end during the layoffs period, haven't even got any severance package.

Researchers find a new possibility to improve rice productivity

CHANDIGARH: In a new study, researchers from the Department of Biotechnology’s National Institute of Plant Genome Research (DBT-NIPGR), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR-IARI), ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (ICAR-NRRI), Cuttack and University of Delhi South Campus (UDSC), have identified a region in the genome of rice, which seems to have the potential for improving productivity.

Bring positivity through creativity to deal with Covid-19

CHANDIGARH: The outbreak of the COVID-19 disease has posed great challenges to   people’s daily lives and will have far-reaching consequences beyond the spread of the disease. At the same time, crisis is also a strong driver of bringing positivity through creativity and innovation. Indeed, if examined closely, one can already observe abundant creativity and innovation emerging at the national, institutional, organizational, and individual levels within the countries affected by COVID-19.

Five initiatives launched on International Day of Biodiversity

CHANDIGARH: In a virtual celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2020, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, mR Prakash Javadekar launched five key initiatives towards conservation of biodiversity in Delhi on Friday .