25052020-TT-01.qxd 24-05-2020 23:35 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.144 | 12 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 PRESSURE BUILDS ON UK ADVISER TO QUIT WORLD /thetribunechd HP FIRST WITH SOP FOR BARBERS BACK PAGE COPING WITH LABOUR PANGS INFOCUS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday, may 25,2020 Flightsstartamidquarantine confusion States set own rules| Bengal, AP delay resumption| Maha nod to 50 flights | Many cancellations New Delhi, May 24 Indian skies will open up for domestic passenger flights from Monday after a gap of two months amid confusion over what quarantine rules may apply to the travellers but there will be minimum air services and delay in resumption in some states. Government officials said on Sunday night that the airports in Kolkata and Bagdogra in cyclone-hit West Bengal will not operate any domestic flight between May 25 and 27 but will handle 20 flights each per day from May 28. The airports in Mumbai and Hyderabad will daily handle 50 and 30 flights, respectively, from Monday, they said. The Maharashtra Government had requested the Centre to keep the air services at the minimum possible level. All flights account for equal number of arrivals and departures, the officials added. Vijayawada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will not operate any domestic flight on Monday but services will begin from Tuesday, they said. The revised schedule for resumption of airport operations followed reluctance by some states to deal with thousands of incoming passengers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. NORMS FOR RAIL, BUS, AIR TRAVEL ■ All passengers to download ‘Aarogya Setu’ app ■ Thermal screening at departure, arrival ■ Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed ■ Asymptomatic passengers will self-monitor for 14 days and report if they develop symptoms ■ Symptomatics will be isolated at nearest health facility ■ Those with moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid health facilities ■ Those with mild symptoms can isolate at home/Covid centre ■ States can also develop their own protocol with regard to quarantine, isolation as per their assessment FOR INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ■ Boarding passengers to give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days ■ 7-day paid institutional quarantine at own cost followed by 7-day isolation at home with self-monitoring ■ Thermal screening of all passengers on arrival A worker sprays disinfectant at the Lucknow international airport on the eve of resumption of flights, on Sunday. PTI PUNJAB, TN, J&K INSIST ON QUARANTINE ■ Symptomatic ones will be isolated at a medical facility NO ISOLATION, BUT APP MUST: DELHI ■ Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab, Assam, Making Aarogya Setu app essential, the Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and J&K were among Delhi Government says the Centre’s the states which have announced their respective quarannorms will be followed for domestic travel. tine measures for passengers arriving at their airports. The asymptomatic passengers will be per■ Punjab CM said all incoming passengers will be put in home mitted to go with the advice that they will self-monitor their health for 14 days. Those quarantine for 14 days while Bihar government said travfound symptomatic will be isolated. ellers will be put on “paid quarantine” for 14 days. Bookings had opened for around 1,050 domestic flights planned for Monday, but the revised schedule has led to the cancellation of several flights leaving hundreds of passengers disappointed. The airlines were allowed to operate one-third of their capacity. As India enters the last week of the thrice extended lockdown for 68 days, the resumption of domestic flights comes at a time when new Covid cases in the coun- try crossed 6,000 for the third consecutive day on Sunday, surging to a record single day spike of 6,767 infections. The fourth phase of national lockdown to fight the pandemic is due to end on May 31. The Union Health Min- ■ These passengers will remain in institutional quar- antine for minimum 7 days and tested. If positive, they will be assessed clinically ■ If mild, they will be allowed home isolation. Those with moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid facilities ■ If negative, passengers will be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor for seven days istry, meanwhile, issued its own set of guidelines for domestic air, rail and road travel and also said states can also develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment. Passengers were also advised to download the contact tracing application Aarogya Setu on their mobile devices. The ministry while listing out its quarantine protocol among other steps suggested thermal screening at entry and exit points. — PTI 63% willing to travel in three mths: Survey New Delhi, May 24 The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has found that 63% of people it surveyed in northern India are gearing up to travel within three months of relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, but most of them have ruled out any international travel. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the survey was conducted online among a limited sample of 250 respondents across Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The survey has also found that post the coronavirus lockdown, hygiene standards maintained by hotels would be the single most important deciding factor for tourists while selecting the place of stay. Around 68% of the respondents said hygiene standards would determine their choice of hotels. Around 59% of the respondents said use of protective gear was the most important precaution they would take during travel, with ‘Aarogya Setu’ App being the preferred choice of around one-fifth of the respondents. Close to two-thirds of the respondents would like to travel within three months of ONLY 1.4% PREFER OVERSEAS TRAVEL ■ The survey was conducted online across Chandigarh, Delhi, HP Haryana, J&K, , Ladakh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and UP ■ Only 1.4% of respondents have shown preference for overseas travel ■ Around 68% of the respondents said hygiene standards would determine their choice of hotels relaxation of the lockdown. Around 17% of people said they saw travel as an important means of rejuvenation. While 33% of the respondents are likely to resume travel within a month, about 30% said they would wait for three months. However, about 7% of the respondents said they would prefer to wait for a year. The survey also found that most people are likely to travel for business (37.4%) while around 32% said they could plan outings to their extended families. However, only 2.4% said they would make advance bookings. — PTI China’s military posturing We have lost faith in system: Migrants questions validity of treaties ❝ Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service EID MUBARAK The Tribune wishes its readers a happy Eid After 2 months, athletes to start training today Patiala: India’s elite athletes will resume outdoor training on Monday, ending a twomonth period of moderate indoor training that has left them feeling extremely frustrated. However, the focus of the athletes would be on fitness rather than intense performance-oriented training. Some of India’s leading sportspersons will be among those who will start training here at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), where the authorities have taken “all coronavirus precautions” to ensure the wellbeing of the athletes. BACK PAGE New Delhi, May 24 As India and China are locked in a tense military posturing at three separate points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the efficacy of the border agreements and protocols comes under question. China is honouring none of agreements inked since 1993, probably trying to carve a “new normal” while attempting to alter the existing arrangements. The series of protocols ensured that the two sides knew which were the disputed sections of the LAC and agreed on the conduct of troops in those areas. The 3,488-km LAC running along the Himalayan ridgeline has several disputed points. The perception of where the LAC runs varies at certain places by several kilometres and troops of both countries patrol these disputed sections. The non-disputed areas were a strict no-go. What China is now doing at Galwan in eastern Ladakh is a situation that has not arisen since Beijing not honouring pacts signed since 1993 WHAT WAS INKED GROUND REALITY Don’t confront patrols in disputed areas, show a banner India being confronted, no impact of any banner Don’t tail patrols Committee to address issues that may arise near LAC Troops have come to blows China using state-owned mediatoissuethreats Control over flying of aircraft Resolving local issues at border meeting points Unprecedented copter activity No impact of meetings CHINA MINISTER DOWNPLAYS LAC ROW BACK PAGE November 1962 — when India- China war ended. At Galwan, China is sitting some 3-4 km on the Indian side of the LAC, and this stretch, incidentally, is not disputed by either side. At the north bank of Pangong Tso — a 135-km glacial melt lake — troops have clashed, and two flag meetings have yielded nothing. China wants to keep India at least 8-10 km short of the present patrolling line. Since 1993 — the year, inci- dentally, coincides with the economic rise of India and China — the two countries have had a few key agreements aimed at ensuring peace along the LAC. In September 1993, the “Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquillity along the LAC in the India-China Border Areas” was inked. Since then, a series of agreements were signed dictating the conduct of soldiers and authorised a high-powered continued on page 12 Faith, will power see centenarian through GS Paul WILL INSTIL HOPE IN OTHER PATIENTS We are extremely encouraged by his recovery. This will further instil hope in other Covid-19 patients. Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 24 Centenarian Massa Singh, a Dalit resident of Dyal-Shahabpur village in Tarn Taran district, is the oldest person in the region to have emerged victorious in the fight against Covid-19. Singh says he got stranded during the lockdown while visiting Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded. “I returned on April 28 and learnt I had contracted the virus on May 6. I was shifted to the isola- ❝ Dr Anoop Kumar, TARN TARAN CIVIL SURGEON Massa Singh outside his house in Tarn Taran. VISHAL KUMAR tion ward of Guru Nanak Super Speciality Hospital, Tarn Taran. I didn’t lose hope and followed my daily ritual of reciting Japji Sahib and mool mantar. It was with the doctors’ help that I could recover in 12 days,” he says. Singh, who claims to be 100 years old, says he is witness to the mass killings during Partition. He says: “I saw death at Kasur Nullah, where thousands of bodies were dumped. Now, Covid19 is claiming thousands of lives across the world and we are helpless.” Civil Surgeon Dr Anoop Kumar says Singh’s strong will power helped him in recovery and it will instil hope in other Covid patients. New Delhi, May 24 Roshan Shrivastav (19) was looking forward to finally being able to vote since he turned adult a year ago, till enduring pain and suffering as a migrant during the lockdown shook his faith in the system. A native of Bihar, Roshan arrived in Delhi to find a job and support his family. He is now desperate to return home. On Friday, Roshan along with his nephew Shivam Shrivastav (19) and friend Prince Gupta (21) were turned back by the police I have just become eligible to vote but I have vowed not to vote for any party or politician. Be it the coming Bihar polls, next General Election or any other elections in future. We feel cheated. A migrant worker waits for a bus in New Delhi on Sunday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI Roshan, BIHAR RESIDENT when they attempted to cross the Delhi-UP border in the hope of somehow reaching their homes in Bihar. The trio, who lived Tally rises by 6,767; deaths down to 2.9% New Delhi, May 24 Even as Covid count’s daily surge continued its record spike rising by 6,767 cases today, the government termed disease management as satisfactory, citing improved infection doubling rate, steadily rising cure rate and reducing mortality rate. Speaking on a day when Covid burden in the country rose to 1,31,868, with 54,440 recoveries and 3,867 deaths, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Prior to the lockdown on March 25, the case doubling rate was 3.2 days when measured over a period of three days, 3 days when measured over a period of a week and 4.1 days Recovery rate improves to 41.2% COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 1,31,868 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 54,440 FRESH FATALITIES 147 TOTAL DEATHS 3,867 WORLD 54,60,558 22,86,374 3,45,330 when measured over two weeks. Today, it stands at 13 days. Fatality rate is down to 2.9% while recovery rate has improved to 41.2%.” —TNS in a rented single-room flat in Delhi, said their landlord was “kind” to them and did not ask for rent. “Politicians play games with us around election times with fake and hollow promises,” Roshan said. Feeling that people like him have been “abandoned by the government” in this time of crisis and having “lost faith in the system”, Roshan said he has decided to either not cast his vote at all or choose the NOTA option in future elections. Shivam and Prince also said they would not vote at all in any election as the coronavirus crisis had exposed the fault lines. —PTI REGION COMBATS VIRUS ONE MORE DEATH IN AMRITSAR Chandigarh: With 15 fresh cases of Covid-19 coming to the fore on Sunday, Punjab's count has reached 2,060. Besides, one more death was reported in Amritsar, which has taken the toll to 40. At least 1,898 patients have been discharged from hospital. TNS J&K COP INFECTED COVID-19COUNT Jammu: At least 52 persons, including a policeman, tested positive for Covid in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, three more persons tested positive in Ladakh. TNS STATE HP SEES SURGE IN CASES Shimla: Ten fresh cases were reported in the state, taking the tally to 195, including three deaths. The maximum number of cases were reported from Una. Around 59 persons have recovered so far. TNS Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 262 2,029 1,183 203 1,621 52 13,418 04 38 14 03 17 00 261 52 MORE TEST +VE IN HRY Chandigarh: With 52 persons testing positive for Covid, Haryana's tally reached 1,183 on Sunday. Gurugram reported nine new cases, taking the number to 271. TNS Associate of senior BJP leader being quizzed HIMACHAL PRADESH PURCHASE SCAM Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, May 24 Days after the arrest of the Director, Health Services, Dr Ajay Gupta, a close aide of a senior BJP leader is being quizzed regarding alleged irregularities in purchases by the Health Department. An audio of Dr Gupta purportedly seeking a bribe of Rs 5 lakh had gone viral on May 20. The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has seized the mobile phones of several officials in the Health Department and the Secretariat to trace the device on which the recording was done.The issue has been brought to the notice of BJP Dr Gupta, now admitted to IGMC, has given some names: Sources president JP Nadda, who is learnt to have sought a report. Sources said Dr Gupta, now admitted to IGMC, had given names of persons involved in the scam. Though CM Jai Ram Thakur, who holds the Health portfolio, immediately ordered that an FIR be filed, the matter has caused him much embarrassment. To make matters worse, the name of a senior BJP leader has cropped up during the investigations. Former Congress minister Sudhir Sharma said apparently attempts were being made to hush up the matter.
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