With schools in Punjab's border belt being shut indefinitely due to escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, state Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Friday issued instructions to provide alternate education arrangements for students of border districts displaced from their native places.
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Punjab remained on high alert and evacuation from villages along the international border with Pakistan continued on Friday while a number of rumours on the Pakistan Army's build-up did rounds on social media despite authorities urging people not to panic as no such situation was reported.
Anxious villagers on Friday continued to move out of their villages in Punjab which shares the International Border (IB) with Pakistan as panic gripped the area regarding a possible strike by Islamabad in the wake of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC).
The AAP on Thursday said it had launched a 24-hour Helpline for people in Punjab in areas bordering Pakistan and urged party activists to help their evacuation from these areas.
Residents of nearly 1,000 villages in Punjab districts bordering Pakistan are being evacuated following escalation of tension between India and Pakistan in the wake of surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC.
The largest single location solar power plant with a capacity of 31.5 MW was inaugurated in Punjab's Mansa district on Thursday.
Army columns with artillery moved towards Punjab's border with Pakistan on Thursday amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi's surgical strikes across the LoC.
Punjab was on maximum alert on Thursday while villagers close to the border with Pakistan have been told to move to safer locations following Indian "surgical strikes" across the LoC.
The Punjab government has ordered the evacuation of villages in a 10-km belt along the border with Pakistan following the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC.
Villages along Punjab's border with Pakistan were put on high alert on Thursday after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on the LoC, official sources said.
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