The Centre and states have been able to work as a team in the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
"Not more than 15 students studying in that town/district will be invited at each location for handing over the smartphones,” said a government statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the bhoomi pujan for the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya earlier on Wednesday.
The entire Punjab Police force has been tasked to crack down on the mafia, Singh said in a statement.
The Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had earlier suspended seven excise officials and six policemen.
The new warehouse has a storage capacity of nearly 3 lakh cubic feet and is located in Doraha, Ludhiana, the company said in a statement.
The death toll in the Punjab hooch tragedy rose to 98 on Sunday with 12 more people reported dead in Tarn Taran district after drinking spurious liquor.
The deaths took place in Punjab's Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran districts since Wednesday night, an official statement said.
Singh urged all ministers, department secretaries and legislators to get themselves tested for COVID-19. He himself got tested and the result was negative, a spokesperson said.
“All the cabinet ministers will give their samples for testing (coronavirus) today. Their results will come by today evening or tomorrow,” Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu told reporters on Wednesday.
The locust control operations were carried out in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by locust circle offices (LCOs) starting from April 11 till July 2, the ministry said.
'Lal Dora' refers to land that is part of the village 'abadi' (habitation) and is used for non-agriculture purposes only.
Heavy rains also lashed Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, in the afternoon. The maximum temperature in the city settled at 33.3 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.
The minister has called a meeting on June 15 to decide the fee structure for treatment of COVID-19 patients
In Haryana, Ambala recorded a maximum of 39.7 degrees, up one notch against the normal, while Hisar registered a high of 40.5 degrees, one notch below the normal.
The order comes days after a Class 11 student allegedly committed suicide as she did not have a smartphone to attend online classes.
Punjab requires at least 6 lakh labourers to transplant paddy on 27-28 lakh hectares of farm land.
Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a high of 37.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal, according to the Meteorological Department.
Due to entry restrictions in view of the coronavirus pandemic, not more than 1,000 people gathered at the shrine. Usually more than one lakh people visit the shrine on this day every year.
Though experts have advised against opening of the hospitality industry and malls, the Chief Minister said the state would take into account the central government guidelines for Lockdown 5.0.
In a letter written to Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, she also urged him to forward the case to the CBI for a thorough probe into it.
A draft memorandum to this effect was approved on Wednesday by the Council of Ministers at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, an official statement said.
With temperatures surpassing the 45 degrees Celsius-mark across several parts in north India, the IMD has issued a "red" warning for Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan for the next two days.
“We have written to Japan, Korean and Taiwanese embassies in India and we are in talks with them and offering them all possible support, in terms of land, infrastructure and other facilities,” Amarinder Singh said in his Facebook Live programme '#AskCaptain' on Saturday.
Singh directed the police to ensure strict compliance of COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing and wearing masks.