ਜਾਣੋ ਗਾਂਗੁਲੀ ਨੇ ਕੀ ਕਿਹਾ?
ਟੈਸਟ ਓਪਨਰ ਬੱਲੇਬਾਜ਼ ਮਯੰਕ ਅਗਰਵਾਲ ਨਾਲ ਗੱਲਬਾਤ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਗਾਂਗੁਲੀ ਨੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੋਰੋਨਾ ਦੀ ਲਾਗ ਦੀ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਪੁੱਛੇ ਗਏ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਨ ‘ਤੇ ਕਿਹਾ, ‘ਮੇਰਾ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅਗਲੇ ਤਿੰਨ ਤੋਂ ਚਾਰ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਥੋੜ੍ਹੇ ਔਖੇ ਹੋਣਗੇ। ਸਾਨੂੰ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਸਹਿਣਾ ਪਏਗਾ ਤੇ ਦ੍ਰਿੜ ਰਹਿਣਾ ਪਏਗਾ। ਮੈਨੂੰ ਲੱਗਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਸਾਲ ਦੇ ਅੰਤ ‘ਚ ਜਾਂ ਅਗਲੇ ਸਾਲ ਦੇ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ‘ਚ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਸਧਾਰਨ ਹੋ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ।
ਗਾਂਗੁਲੀ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਬਿਆਨ ਤੋਂ ਸਾਫ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਤੋਂ ਵੀ ਭਲੀਭਾਂਤ ਜਾਣੂ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜੇ ਇਸ ਸਾਲ ਭਾਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਈਪੀਐਲ ਦਾ ਆਯੋਜਨ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ। ਅਜਿਹੀ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਉਹ ਇਸ ਲੀਗ ਨੂੰ ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਯੋਜਿਤ ਕਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ।
ਬੀਸੀਸੀਆਈ ਦੇ ਸੂਤਰਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਮਿਲੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਬੋਰਡ ਸਤੰਬਰ ਤੋਂ ਨਵੰਬਰ ਦੇ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਆਈਪੀਐਲ 2020 ਦਾ ਆਯੋਜਨ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਯੋਜਨਾ ਬਣਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ।
ਨਿਊਜ਼ੀਲੈਂਡ ਨੇ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੋਸਟਿੰਗ ਦੀ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼:
ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਣ ਗੱਲ ਇਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਨਿਊਜ਼ੀਲੈਂਡ ਨੇ ਆਈਪੀਐਲ 2020 ਦੀ ਮੇਜ਼ਬਾਨੀ ਦੀ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਯੂਏਈ ਅਤੇ ਸ੍ਰੀਲੰਕਾ ਨੇ ਵੀ ਬੀਸੀਸੀਆਈ ਦੇ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਆਈਪੀਐਲ ਦੀ ਮੇਜ਼ਬਾਨੀ ਦੀ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ। ਨਿਊਜ਼ੀਲੈਂਡ ਨੂੰ ਪਿਛਲੇ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਹੀ ਕੋਰੋਨਾ ਮੁਕਤ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ, ਅਜਿਹੀ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਬੀਸੀਸੀਆਈ ਨਿਊਜ਼ੀਲੈਂਡ ਦੀ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ‘ਤੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ।
Volunteers of youth congress conducts mass sensitization drive at grass root level to make people aware against COVID 19
JALANDHAR: The Youth Congress today joined hands with the district administration for making the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s ‘Mission Fateh’ a huge success at the grass root level.
The volunteers led by youth Congress leader Arvind Mishra today initiated the campaign by launching the door to door sensitization drive. Flagging off the drive the Nodal officer of the campaign and Estate Officer PUDA Navneet Kaur Bal said that ‘Mission Fateh’ was the flagship program of the Chief Minister and was a symbol of the firm determination of Punjabis to win the war against Covid-19 pandemic. Lauding the youth congress for launching this drive, she said that it would help in transforming this drive into a mass movement. Bal called upon the volunteers to disseminate the message that ‘Mission Fateh’ was a true reflection of the Punjabi spirit to overcome from all odds for emerging victorious during this war against global pandemic.
Meanwhile, Mishra accompanied by Councilors Rohan Sehgal and Raj Kumar Raju, Rajiv Tikka, Anup Pathak , Sukhdev Singh and others conducted the mass awareness drive and sensitized the people about medical protocols to contain the spread of Covid 19 pandemic. During the drive, masks and pamphlets were distributed amongst the people and they were urged to adhere to the medical protocols including masking, washing hands and maintaining social distancing in their daily routine to combat Covid-19 pandemic effectively. Soliciting fulsome support and cooperation from people, they said that the state government was making concerted efforts to save the people from scourge of Corona Virus but the war against Covid 19 could not be won without the proactive support of the people.
Declares that he will take fight to centre, will write to pm for appointment for all-party delegation meet
CHANDIGARH: Accusing the Akalis of selling Punjab’s interests by agreeing to the anti-farm Ordinances in order to ruin the state’s farming community, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday asserted that he would take the fight against the anti-farmer Ordinances to the Centre.
Captain Amarinder said he would be writing soon to the Prime Minister for appointment for the all-party delegation which all Punjab parties, except the BJP, had unanimously decided upon.
“No matter what Sukhbir Badal or BJP say, once these Ordinances are passed, the Centre’s next step would be to end the MSP regime and dismantle the FCI,” warned Captain Amarinder, pointing to the recommendations of the Shanta Kumar committee. “You can imagine what will happen to Punjab farmers if this becomes a reality,” he said, adding that the procurement process will come to an end and Mandis will be finished once the Ordinances become law.
The Akalis were only interested in protecting their political interests, with Harsimrat Kaur Badal focused on safeguarding her position in the Union Cabinet, said the Chief Minister, adding that the Badals were appeasing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to save their alliance in Punjab at any cost.
“They are just bothered about their political interests. Sukhbir wants his wife to stay in the Union Cabinet while he remains the Pradhan here. They are thinking about themselves and not of Punjab,” he stated, adding that history is witness to the fact.
Underlining the need to save Punjab and protect its interests, the Chief Minister said the Ordinances were 100% against Punjab and anti-farmers, as agreed by all political parties, except BJP and the Akalis. All the Kisan Unions, who he had recently met, also wanted immediate scrapping of these Ordinances, he added.
Responding to questions during today’s Facebook Live edition of #AskCaptain, the Chief Minister said the Akalis had earlier ruined the state with their Punjabi Suba movement and were now hell-bent on destroying the farming sector by supporting these Ordinances, which were a blatant attack on the country’s federal structure. History is witness to the fact that the Akalis divided Punjab and gave away bulk of the state’s resources to Himachal Pradesh and Haryana due to their sheer short-sighted focus on their petty political interests.
Had the state not been divided its representation in Parliament would have been many times over and its writ would have worked in Delhi, with no question of its interests being ignored, said Captain Amarinder, lamenting that with just 13 MPs, Punjab’s voice was going unheard, especially since other states were also now producing wheat and the central government felt it no longer needed Punjab to sustain its food security. “They (governments at the Centre) squeezed us and have now discarded us,” he said, urging the people of Punjab to extend their full support to the fight against the Ordinances and not be misled by the Akalis and BJP.
The Chief Minister welcomed the permission given by the Centre to his request for using helicopters to spray insecticides on crops to prevent locust attack. While expressing the hope that the locust swarms would spare Punjab, he said a MI17 had been earmarked for spraying chemicals and the operation would start from Rajasthan soon.
On the Covid situation, the Chief Minister said things were not good, as cases continued to rise across India, and even Punjab had touched the 6000 mark, with 157 deaths reported so far. He reiterated the importance of taking all precautions, including social distancing and wearing of masks. Pointing out that 4000-5000 cases were being registered every day for violations, including spitting on roads, he urged the people not to get complacent and violate the rules for their own protection and to save Punjab. “We can only control, not cure,” said the Chief Minister, exhorting the people to follow all guidelines being shared by Sarpanches and others as part of Mission Fateh. He made it clear in reply to a question that recruitment of doctors, paramedics and nurses was in progress on fast track with the Cabinet having taken a special decision to strengthen the fight against Covid.
To a question on opening of coaching centres, he said the decision rested with the Centre but the state government will write to them for permission since the situation in Punjab was better than many other states.
A student wanted to know about travelling to Canada where he had an exam scheduled for September. The Chief Minister said while he expected international travel to be open before that the state government would also try to get his name on the list sooner if flights resumed.
On a Ferozepur resident’s concern on the border situation with China and Pakistan, Captain Amarinder said the Indian Army was capable of meeting any threat, individually or collectively from these two countries. “By the grace of God, India and Punjab will remain safe and progress,” he added.
Captain Amarinder assured a questioner that there would be no shortage of funds for ensuring befitting 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Teg Bahadur Singh ji.
Asked about power tripping at biomass bricks unit in Patiala and the bad condition of roads, the Chief Minister said he would ask the concerned departments to look into the matter and address the problems.
On a question regarding delay in opening of Kharar flyover, Captain Amarinder said it was a NHAI project and got delayed due to Covid but work had resumed now and his government was also following up with the GoI. He recalled that the Kharar bypass was constructed during his last tenure.
To another question regarding the High Court decision on payment of school fee in the absence of classes, the Chief Minister said he was also not happy with the same and the state government was in the process of filing a review petition in the High Court.
The Chief Minister assured Manpreet Kaur from Fazilka, an accident victim who had been promised a job by the previous government, that though he could not comment on what the SAD-BJP did but “we will fulfill the Government’s commitment.”
In response to a complaint about haphazard development in Ludhiana, Captain Amarinder said the development was taking place as per the Master Plan but if there was any specific issue, the same would be resolved.
On strengthening of ambulance fleet in the state, he said the target of 400 would be achieved this year. To another question, he said 750 stadiums will be built in Punjab, with five in each block, to promote sports.
Virsa Singh Valtoha says Priyanka Gandhi secured clean chit for Sidhu couple
Amritsar– The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today termed the indictment of five municipal corporation employees in the Amritsar Dussehra train tragedy as a travesty of justice and asserted that Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had a direct role in securing a clean chit for the Sidhu couple including former Local Bodies minister Navjot Sidhu and his wife Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
Addressing a press conference here former chief parliamentary secretary Virsa Singh Valtoha said the judicial probe by a retired district judge had wrongfully framed junior officers of the municipal corporation. He said the employees could not have refused any directive from the Local Bodies minister who was also the sitting legislator from Amritsar East constituency where the controversial Dussehra programme was held in contravention of all rules and regulations.
Valtoha, who was accompanied by Harmeet Singh Dhillon, Talbir Singh Gill and Gurpartap Tikka, said the five employees should not be victimized. They said the real culprits in the case – the Sidhu couple and Congress councilor Mithu Madaan should be proceeded against for causing the death of 61 persons who were mowed down by a speeding train when effigies were being burnt near the railway track at Joda Phatak as part of the Dussehra celebrations.
Valtoha said it was shameful that the Congress government had crumbled under pressure from Priyanka Gandhi who was instrumental in getting the Sidhu couple off the hook. “In doing so it has played a cruel joke on the families of the 61 victims of the Dussehra tragedy by indulging in a cover up exercise following direct orders from the Gandhi family that Priyanka favourite Navjot Sidhu should not be proceeded against in any manner whatsoever. “We reject the magisterial probe and demand that a high level inquiry be held into the entire episode to ensure the guilty are punished. We also demand that a criminal case be registered against the Sidhu couple and Mithu Madaan who were directly responsible for the tragedy”.
Valtoha said even the victims of the Dusshera tragedy were dissatisfied with the findings of the judicial probe and the fact that not one person has been brother to book in the last two years in the case. He said Navjot Sidhu had failed the betrayed the trust of the victims also by failing to look into their welfare during the three month lockdown even though he had made tall promises of adopting children, monthly payments to victims and jobs to their family members. “Instead of fulfilling his promises Sidhu made fun of their plight during a candle light vigil held by him along with PCC President Sunil Jakhar”.
The SAD leaders said a fire officer was being proceeded against for sending a fire tender and water tanker to the Dussehra programme spot without the permission of the municipal corporation. “The fire officer apparently had no choice in the matter because it was advertised that the Local Body minister would attend the function”. He said similarly other officials had been found guilty for failing to ensure no function was held in the area and for allowing posters and banners of the event to be put up without approval. He said even in this case the Corporation employees were helpless before the Local Body minister and councilor Mithu Madaan who was calling the shots with the patronage of Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
Ludhiana: The police claimed to have solved the murder case of Balvir Kaur, alias Cheenu, the stepdaughter of former honorary Army Captain Mewa Singh of Sudhar near Jagraon. The police arrested the deceased’s sister-in-law Charanjit Kaur who along with her paramour, Harjit Singh, had committed the crime to loot cash and other valuables from the house. — TNS
Muktsar: The Lambi police on Friday booked a constable and a Home Guard jawan for allegedly smuggling liquor from Haryana. As per the FIR, constable Sukhmander Singh and Home Guard Najar Singh were travelling in a car, which was intercepted by a police team at Killianwali. The cops seized 36 bottles of liquor from their possession. A case under various sections of the Excise Act has been registered in this regard. — TNS
Chandigarh, July 5
Rainfall lashed Chandigarh and parts of Haryana and Punjab on Sunday leading to a drop in temperatures by a few notches and bringing a much-needed relief from heat and humidity.
Chandigarh’s adjoining towns of Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana also received showers.
Gurgaon, Faridabad, Jind, Ambala were among other places in Haryana that were lashed by rain.
Sultry weather conditions had prevailed in Haryana and Punjab including their common capital Chandigarh for the last one week.
The Meteorological Department here has forecast more rain in the region over the next two days. PTI
Resident Doctors ਦੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਟਾਈਪੈਂਡ ਵਧਾਉਣ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ
Four new labs being established at GADVASU Ludhiana, RDDL Jalandhar , Forensic Science lab in Mohali & Punjab Biotech Incubator in Mohali
As on 2nd July 2020, 42 Micro-Containment Zones identified in State
Number of Flu Corners increased where sample collection being done
37,89,542 persons have been surveyed under screening campaign so far
CHANDIGARH: Punjab has ramped up its sample collection and lab capabilities significantly which has contributed towards containing the spread of infection. It was disclosed by Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu in press release.
Sidhu said that Punjab has crossed the testing of 3,24,000 samples for COVID-19. Since its first confirmed COVID-19 positive case on 5th March, 2020, the state has increased its testing capacity per million figures to 9,949 per day as on 30th June, 2020. This is better than the national average of 6653 tests per million per day. After completing the testing of 1 Lakh samples on 4th June 2020, the state has reached the milestone of testing 3 Lakh samples within a month. This shows the strides the state has been making in ramping up its testing capacity. Starting with an initial testing capacity of only 40 (as on 9th March, 2020), Punjab has enhanced its capacity to 9000 tests per day as on date with concerted efforts.
To further increase the testing in the state, besides three labs in government medical colleges- Amritsar, Patiala & Faridkot, four new labs are being established at GADVASU Ludhiana, RDDL Jalandhar , Forensic Science lab in Mohali, and Punjab Biotech Incubator in Mohali adding that he said currently, 15 TruNaat Testing machines have been installed in the district hospitals of the state. As early detection is the key to bring down mortality, therefore to reduce the turnaround time, additional TruNaat machines are being procured by the state which gives test report in 1-1.5 hours.
The Minister divulged that with the aim of containing the disease within a defined geographical area by early detection and prevent its spread to new areas, the state has decided to setup Micro-Containment Zones. Any specific area within a village/ ward having more than 5 and up to 15 COVID positive cases and with a population of not more than 500 shall be designated as Micro Containment Zone. As on 2nd July 2020, 42 Micro-Containment Zones have been identified in the state. The strategy would include geographical quarantine, social distancing measures, enhanced active surveillance, testing all suspected cases, isolation of cases/ home quarantine social mobilization to follow preventive public health measures.
In order to upscale the capacity of sample collection, the Department of Health has been increasing the number of Flu Corners where sample collection is being done. Mobile teams have been formed in Containment and Micro-Containment Zones. For the purpose of surveillance, around 995 Rapid Response Teams have been formed in the State to conduct active surveillance and identification of people with Influenza-like Illness or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness by the house to house visits.
In order to increase surveillance, the Department had conducted an extensive House to House Surveillance in the entire state manually. However, in order to digitize and improve the quality of this activity, an in-house Mobile Application has been made by the Department for House to House Community Surveillance for identifying people with co-morbidities and identifying their medical symptoms/contact history/travel history for COVID-19 related surveillance. The survey covers all people above the age of 30 years and people with co-morbidities or is symptomatic even below 30 years of age. 37,89,542 persons have been surveyed till 2nd July 2020 on the mobile application.
Additionally, a pilot project in collaboration with Centre for Policy Research has been started in Kharar sub-division of SAS Nagar district for the testing of population in specific categories and occupations, people from urban wards. The survey is spatially structured, with sampling being done polling booth wise. Also, the state is planning to initiate Rapid Antigen Testing for high risk contacts, SARI cases and in containment zones as probability of positivity is high among these groups in future.
Chandigarh, July 3
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday accused SAD’s Sukhbir Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of “misleading” people to promote their political agenda in the midst of the COVID crisis.
The concerted manner in which the Badal couple are running a campaign of “deceit and lies” has exposed their “shameless double standards”, the chief minister claimed.
The people of Punjab will not be taken in by the “political antics and crocodile tears” of the Akali leaders, who “looted” Punjab for a decade without sparing any thought for the problems of the masses, he further said.
The chief minister’s remarks came a day after the SAD chief alleged embezzlement of central rations by several Congressmen and favouritism in distribution of food grains and pulses to Congress supporters in the state.
Attacking Badal for his allegations, the CM asserted that the MLAs were supporting his government’s efforts to ensure that nobody goes hungry.
The MLAs are close to the people and are well-placed to help out those in immediate or urgent need, which is what they have been doing, Singh said in a statement here.
Pointing out that every Congressman in every part of the country was currently out helping people as part of the party’s concerted efforts to reach out to the needy in this hour of crisis, the CM said the Akalis could not relate to this as they had never seen beyond their own “personal interests”.
Singh ridiculed Badal’s allegations that the food grains received by the state government had not been distributed among the people, pointing out that even the figures cited by the SAD chief were totally incorrect, showing how pathetically removed he was from the reality.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the wheat allocated to the state was 2,12,164 metric tonne, of which 1,99,091 MT had been distributed, while of the 10,800 MT ‘dal’ allocated, 10,305 MT had been distributed, a state government statement said.
Under the Atmanirbhar scheme of the Centre, wheat (per person) and dal (per family) was provided for 14.14 lakh people and the state, after grounding the wheat to flour, added dal to make it one kg per person and put in one kg sugar on its own, it added.
In fact, the state government had distributed 17 lakh packets to migrant labourers at a cost of Rs 69 crore from its own funds, with 10 kg ‘atta’, two kg dal and two kg sugar, the government said.
This data was sufficient to show that Badal’s claims and allegations on food grain distribution were “totally unsubstantiated and baseless”.
Taking on Harsimrat Kaur Badal on the issue of fuel VAT, the CM said if she was so concerned about the impact of the escalating fuel prices on the common man, why she was not pressuring the Union government to put a stop on the “uncontrolled” hike in prices of diesel and petrol. PTI