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Sacrilege of Sikh holy book: Shutdown in Punjab areas

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Police out side open markets during Punjab Band in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar on Wednesday, September 30 2015. Express photo by Jasbir Malhi

Chandigarh: Commercial and other establishments in some places in Punjab remained shut on Thursday following a bandh call given by some Sikh organisations to protest against the desecration of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and the violence on Wednesday that left two people dead and several others injured.

Sources said that the effect of the shutdown could be seen in Faridkot, Muktsar and some parts of Moga districts.

Sikh organisations protesting the desecration of the Sikh holy book and the subsequent violence in some places this week called the bandh (shutdown).

At least two people were killed and nearly 70 injured, including police officials, on Wednesday in bloody clashes between police and Sikhs protesting against the desecration of the Sikh holy book, near Kotkapura town in Punjab’s Faridkot district, 230 km from here.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal ordered a judicial probe into the desecration of the Sikh holy book and the violence later.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday announced a Rs 1 crore reward to anyone giving information about those involved in the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village in Faridkot district.

(IANS)

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Punjab Bans Online Delivery of Food without Hygiene Rating

Punjab to ban online food without hygiene rating

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Delivery man Ujjwal Singhal working with the food delivery app Swiggy carries an order to a customer in New Delhi, India, Feb. 6, 2019. (Representational image). VOA

Punjab is going to ban online delivery of food without hygiene rating, Health Minister Brahm Mohindra announced on Thursday.

The decision was taken under the ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’.

Mohindra has issued directions to all online food order and supply companies to display the hygiene rating of the food business operators registered with them.

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Delivery men working with the food delivery apps Uber Eats and Swiggy wait to pick up an order outside a restaurant in Mumbai, India, Feb. 6, 2019. VOA

Giving three months for compliance, the Minister said after the deadline no online food order will be delivered in the state without the hygiene rating.

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Commissioner Food and Drug Administration K.S. Pannu said the online food companies take orders from consumers and deliver it after procuring the hygiene rating from the Food Business Operators associated with them. (IANS)