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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A teenage girl died on Wednesday evening after she and her mother jumped off a running bus after being allegedly molested by the helper of the bus.

According to the sources, a woman with her daughter was travelling on a bus (registration number PB 10C 1813) belonging to Orbit bus company when the bus conductor along with another man started misbehaving with the duo.

In order to avoid the molestation bid, the mother and daughter jumped from the speeding bus and sustained serious injuries.

They were taken to a government hospital in Moga, where the girl was declared brought dead.

“The woman was travelling with her daughter in Orbit bus. The woman is injured while her daughter is dead. We are yet to identify the helper whom she has accused of molestation. The bus driver absconded from the spot along with the conductor and helper,” said Avtar Singh, SHO, Baghapurana police station.

H S Pannu, SP (D), Moga police, said, “We are in the hospital to record the statement of the woman and an FIR will be registered after verifying the facts. The woman has alleged molestation but we are still to verify the claims.”

The Orbit bus network in Punjab is being run by Orbit Aviation Private Limited Transport Company with Punjab deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, as one of the co-owners.

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Punjab Govt Imposes Covid Taxes on Liquor

Punjab imposes Covid cess on liquor to cope up with revenue losses caused by the lockdown which has been put in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic

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Punjab Government imposes COVID taxes on liquor. Wikimedia Commons

Faced with huge revenue losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged lockdown in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday gave the go-ahead to the imposition of Covid cess on liquor with immediate effect.

The move will help the state mop additional revenues of Rs 145 crore in the current fiscal, a government statement said.

The state is facing a revenue shortfall of Rs 26,000 crore, which is 30 per cent of the total budget revenue estimates for FY 2020-21, necessitating some tough measures to generate additional revenue, said the Chief Minister, while accepting the recommendation of the group of ministers, which was constituted on May 12 to examine the matter, to levy additional excise duty on liquor during the current financial year.

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Imposing taxes on liquor will help Punjab mop additional revenues of Rs 145 crore in the current fiscal. Pixabay

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The proceeds of the additional levy shall be utilised entirely for Covid related expenditure, said the Chief Minister, directing the Department of Excise and Taxation to charge the cess in the current year.

Amarinder Singh had earlier asked the group of ministers, comprising the Finance Minister, the Education Minister, the Housing and Urban Development Minister and the Forests and Wildlife Minister, to examine the proposal regarding levy of special cess or Covid cess on the sale of liquor to partially recoup some of the revenue losses amid this unprecedented crisis. (IANS)

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Punjab Government Increases Penalties for COVID Voilations

Punjab Government imposes stiff fines for Covid violations

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Punjab imposes strict fine on COVID-19 Voilations. Pixabay

To further strengthen the management and control of COVID-19, the Punjab government on Friday increased the penalties for violation of guidelines relating to containment of the virus, ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 3,000.

Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said penalties need to be increased and made more stringent to keep the state safe from the virus.

He said Rs 500 penalty will be imposed for not wearing a mask and spitting in public places; Rs 2,000 for violating home-quarantine instructions and violating social distancing norms by owners of shops, commercial places and public transport buses and auto-rickshaws; and Rs 3,000 for violating social distancing norms in cars.

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Rs 500 penalty will be imposed for not wearing a mask. Pixabay

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The Minister said non-payment of fine would attract legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code as per the regulations framed under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. (IANS)

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Punjab Exempts Women Cops With Kids Below 5 From Frontline Duties

The decision has been approved by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

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Punjab has exempted women cops with kids under five from Covid duties. Wikimedia Commons

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta on Tuesday barred all police personnel with medical issues, as well as women cops with children under five from the frontline duty in a bid to protect them from undue exposure to the risk of Covid-19.

The decision has been approved by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has asked the DGP to ensure all protective and welfare measures for the corona warriors.

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Measures are taken to save women officers from exposure to coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

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The DGP said there had been concerns expressed on this count during several calls received on the newly launched tele-counselling facility for anxious police corona warriors and their families.

At present, there are over 48,000 police personnel engaged in curfew enforcement and relief measures across the state and the tele-counselling facility was launched on April 20 to equip police officers and their families with additional information and skills to cope with the psychological aspects of the Covid-19 duties, including a high degree of risk of contracting infection. (IANS)