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Punjab Current Affairs - July 2018

Punjab Current Affairs - July 2018


Punjab government to recommend death penalty for drug peddlers

➢ Faced with criticism from several quarters over alleged spate of deaths due to drug overdose in the state, Punjab cabinet decided to recommend to the Centre death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers.
➢ The move was aimed to act as a deterrent to the heinous crime, which was "destroying" the lives of youth in Punjab.
➢ The Cabinet also decided to constitute a special working group under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary (Home) N S Kalsi to review and monitor, on a day-to day basis, the action being taken to check and control drug abuse.
➢ A cabinet sub-committee has also been formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, with the special working group mandated to report directly to it.
➢ There was a widespread outrage over the deaths of youths in Punjab because of drug overdose and a campaign against drugs called 'Black week against Chitta' was being observed by some activists in the state starting from July 1 in the wake of drug abuse.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh orders mandatory dope test of govt employees

➢ Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh ordered a mandatory dope test of all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service.
➢ The chief minister directed the Chief Secretary to work out modalities and have the
necessary notification issued.

Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu unveils plan to develop Virasat-e-Khalsa

➢ Tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu finalised a blueprint to develop Virasat-e-Khalsa, a museum of the Sikhs, as a ‘strategic tourist spot’ at Anandpur Sahib, the birthplace of Khalsa for the convenience of devotees.
➢ The minister also said that the Union government under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme had already approved Rs 99 crore for the development of historical and religious sites across the state, of which Rs 29 crore would be exclusively spent on the all-round development of Anandpur Sahib.
➢ The minister said that since Virasat-e-Khalsa was attracting heavy tourist footfall, it was a high time to develop tented accommodation, budget hotels, food courts and souvenir shops in its vicinity.

India’s first National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) for Women Launched by Dharmendra Pradhan in Mohali

➢ The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, laid the foundation stone for permanent campus of National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) for Women at Mohali, Punjab.
➢ This is the first NSTI Institute for Punjab and only one of its kind in India which is exclusively for women.
➢ NSTI is being launched under “Skill India” initiative of the Government of India
➢ Shri Dharmendra Pradhan added that the scheme of NSTI’s was planned in 2015 and is now being implemented in almost all parts of the country. He said that this NSTI was unique as this would be developed into “Trainers Training Institute”.
➢ The Minister also launched a unique Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) which would admit differently abled persons as well, also a first of its kind
➢ He also launched India’s first in-phone guide and mobile application “Go whats That” in Chandigarh.

Punjab seeks special category status

➢ As Punjab struggles to check the menace of drugs, the State government has asked the Centre to grant it special category status under the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission.
➢ State Health Minister Brahm Mohindra in a letter to Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda has pointed out that the State, which shares international border with Pakistan, has become a victim of a proxy war waged by the neighbouring country using drugs as its silent weapon.

International Job fair was organised by the state government

➢ The first-of-its-kind International Job fair was organised by the state government at Government College, SAS Nagar (Mohali), under the ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ Mission on July 30.
➢ The job fair aims to open new opportunities of employment for the youth living abroad.
➢ The event was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, National Skills Development Corporation and Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council.
➢ Representatives from the UK, Ireland, Dubai, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and other countries would take part in the job fair.

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