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EXAMS POSTPONED, INTERNET DOWN, PUBLIC TRANSPORT SHUT IN PUNJAB OVER 'BHARAT BANDH'

By Now Test . 2nd April 2018 12:30pm
EXAMS POSTPONED, INTERNET DOWN, PUBLIC TRANSPORT SHUT IN PUNJAB OVER 'BHARAT BANDH'

With a call for all India Bandh on Monday by the Dalit organizations, Punjab government has put a scrutiny over the state. The strike is being carried out to protest against Supreme Court's order of banning of automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. As Punjab's 32% of the total population consists of SCs, the tension in the state is very high. The Captain Amarinder Singh led government has tightened the security across the state. Among the many steps taken by the government, Public transport has also been suspended. Meaning buses (PRTC, Punjab Roadways, and PunBus) will not be running across the state today. Also, schools, colleges, universities, and banks will remain closed. One of the major steps taken is also that the mobile internet services have been suspended including all SMS services and dongle services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA). Voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction of Punjab have also been suspended from April 1, 5 pm to April 2, 11 PM as per orders issued by the state home department. Only voice calls will work. Amidst the tension, Punjab Education Board (PSEB) has canceled its exams. The practical exams scheduled for April 2 for the CBSE and ICS exams will be conducted as per schedule. New dates for the postponed practical examination will be declared later. The message in this regard has been sent to all the district education officers from the Secretary, PSEB, Mohali, Hargunjit Kaur. Sources said that besides the police force in the districts across the state another 12,000 additional police personnel have been deployed for law and order duty tomorrow which have been taken out from Punjab Armed Police, Police Headquarters’ and other departments.