12062020-TT-01.qxd 6/11/2020 11:23 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.4 no.162 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 RUSSIA ROLLS OUT NEW COVID DRUG WORLD /thetribunechd DELISTING MAY CREATE GOVERNANCE ISSUES FOR FIRMS, WARNS FITCH BUSINESS NEPAL: WILL GET BACK LAND THROUGH TALKS BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday, june 12,2020 Weekend, holiday travel curbs in Pb No community spread in Move amid community spread fears| Capt says restrictions to help delay expected Aug peak Tribune News Service country, says ICMR chief Aditi Tandon Chandigarh, June 11 Restrictions on public movement are back in Punjab with a surge in Covid-19 cases and reports of community spread amid projections that the pandemic peak in the state is still two months away. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today ordered stricter lockdown on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and public holidays, restricting movement to e-pass holders. Till Thursday evening, the state had reported 2,887 cases, while the number was 2,415 on June 4. Such surge was not witnessed earlier, said a government spokesperson, adding the restrictions would come into effect immediately and the decision would be reviewed as per the prevailing situation later. All citizens, barring medical staff and essential service providers, would be required to download e-passes from state government's COVA app, the CM said during a meeting held via video-conferencing to review preparedness. Industry, however, would be allowed to function normally on all days, he said, asking the state police to ensure strict implementation of the directives to prevent large gatherings. The CM said tough meas- Tribune News Service 10-DAY OFFICIAL DATA ALARMING 42% 456 196 cases in new cases cases without Punjab remain reported since travel history or untraced June 1 infection source REPORT INSIDE WORKFORCE ARRIVES: In a cheer for industry & farmers, thousands of migrant workers returned to Ludhiana aboard a special train on Thursday. e-PASS MUST FOR MOVEMENT; HEALTH SERVICES EXEMPT ■ Barring health staff/emergency services, public movement restricted on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays ■ Citizens need to download e-passes ures were necessitated on account of spiralling cases across the world. Stringent curbs could help delay the peak, which experts say would hit in two months. With no early vaccine or treatment in sight, following strict protocols is the only way out, the CM observed. A decision on stricter curbs on those coming from Delhi would CASES SPIRALLING ❝ from COVA app if travel is necessary; Tough measures have industry to function normally been necessitated on account ■ Restrictions come into effect immediately and the decision will be of spiralling cases globally. reviewed as per prevailing situation later Capt Amarinder Singh, CM be taken after a review by experts, said the spokesperson. Pointing out that many of those who had come from outside had behaved irresponsibly and not reported to the health authorities, the CM said tough measures would have to be taken. The CM asked health experts to consider imposition of stricter conditions, including mandatory testing certification for entrants from Delhi, where cases are rising substantially. On an average, 500-800 vehicles from Delhi were entering Punjab every day, said DGP Dinkar Gupta. The CM suggested those coming from other states should be tested a week after their arrival and during the period, they must adhere to self-quarantine. Referring to complaints of overcharging by private hospitals, the CM directed the Health Department to ensure strict application of the CGHS rates. Data on the availability of beds, etc., must be put in public domain, he added. New Delhi, June 11 The government on Thursday asserted that the country is definitely not in the community transmission stage of Covid19 spread, even as cases and deaths continued to mount with the country recording the highest single-day spike of 9,996 new infections. India’s first sero survey to monitor the trend of Covid-19 infection transmission has found that the lockdown and containment measures were successful in preventing a rapid spread of the disease, but a large proportion of the population still remains susceptible. The ICMR took blood samples of 26,400 persons in 28,595 households across 83 districts to see if they had developed antibodies to the virus. An indigenously developed kit, ‘Elisa’, was used and results showed that 0.73 per cent people had past exposure to SARS-CoV-2 virus and the fatality rate was 0.08 per cent. The sero survey, however, covers the period until April 30 and mirrors early gains of the lockdown imposed on March 24 midnight. Fresh surveys would be needed to see how vastly the disease spread after April 30 to reach today’s level of 2.86 lakh cases. Less than 1% infected in early days: Survey DELHI IS BECOMING CORONA CAPITAL: HC ‘TESTING CAPACITY UNDERUTILISED’ The ICMR said the daily testing capacity of two lakh samples was underutilised. It urged states to test more. Experts said India’s consistently low mortality rate of 2.8 per cent and improving recoveries were positive signs. SERO SURVEY A sero survey is a blood sample assessment to detect if the person has developed antibodies to the virus. “In the 83 districts surveyed, 0.73 per cent population showed evidence of past exposure to SARS-COV-2. This means the lockdown was successful in keeping the disease low. The survey also shows that a large proportion of the population is still susceptible and urban slums are highly vulnerable so local lockdown New Delhi: The Capital is fast heading towards becoming the “corona capital” of the country, observed the Delhi High Court while expressing concern over the spike in Covid-19 cases and directed that all private hospitals equipped with labs to test for coronavirus and having ICMR sanction be permitted to conduct the test. PTI COVID-19CASES INDIA RECOVERED 1,41,028 FRESH FATALITIES 357 TOTAL DEATHS 8,102 COUNT 2,86,579 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 75,35,202 38,19,361 4,21,158 measures must continue. The states cannot lower the guard on effective surveillance and containment,” ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said. The expert said there was no community transmission in India. “We want to emphasise that India is not in a community transmission stage” Bhargava said. Buildup several times Reconsider demands made PGI-Chd retains 2nd bigger than 1962 war to PSUs, SC tells Telecom Dept best med college tag Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Naik Gurcharan Singh Soldier killed in Pak shelling Jammu, June 11 A soldier was killed and a civilian injured as the Pakistan army shelled villages and forward posts along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Thursday. On Thursday night, Pakistan resorted to shelling and firing with small arms on the Army’s forward locations and on civil areas in Tarkundi, Rajdhani and other villages in Manjakot tehsil. “Naik Gurcharan Singh, hailing from Gurdaspur district, was injured in the shelling in the Gambhir sector. Later, he succumbed to injuries,” said Lt Col Devender Ananad, PRO (Defence). A resident of Rajdhani village, Namitullah, also received splinter injuries in the shelling. — OC New Delhi, June 11 Even as diplomatic talks are on between India and China, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is currently witnessing its biggest-ever military buildup. In fact, this is several times bigger than the 1962 war. Unlike 1962, the forces on either side are now backed by latest technology such as satellite imagery and UAVs besides long-range guns, contemporary fighter jets and radars. The Indian assessment is clear — the Army stays at the LAC if People’s Liberation Army (PLA) doesn’t withdraw and restore status quo ante as on April. The cutoff date of status quo ante is April. Over the past three decades, India has gradually built up troops and bases close to the 3,488-km LAC, allowing quick addition of soldiers and equipment. It is the PLA that has mobilised troops, guns, tanks, fighter jets at a rapid pace at its bases located across the Indian territory in HP, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Tribune News Service LAC RESOLUTION TO BE PEACEFUL: INDIA India on Thursday said a series of diplomatic and military engagements with China have underlined the need to arrive at an early resolution of disputes on the LAC. In recent weeks, India and China have maintained communications through established diplomatic and military channels to address the situation in areas along the India-China border. TNS Arunachal Pradesh. India has reportedly moved its rear formations up the Himalayas. Some 1.50 lakh troops are mandated for the China front under normal circumstances. However, in emergencies, the numbers can be ramped up. The Army is 13 lakh strong. In Ladakh, one half of the 14 Crops is mandated to face China. In Himachal and Uttarakhand, specific brigades exist. In Sikkim, the 33 Corps is positioned. Arunachal is divided among two Corps — the Tezpur-based 4 Corps that continued on page 12 In G’gram, OTP to keep tabs on cases Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, June 11 Battling soaring Covid numbers daily, the NCR towns of Gurugram and Faridabad face their biggest challenge in the form of “untraceable” positive patients. Accounting for 60 per cent of Haryana’s total 5,968 cases, Gurugram has 2,737 active patients and Faridabad 929, of which 120 and 50 are untraceable, respectively. Patients testing at private labs are learnt to be submitting fake addresses or wrong mobile numbers and, therefore, going untraceable. FIRs IN FARIDABAD Forty persons submitted wrong addresses and 10 gave non-existent phone numbers. FIRs are being lodged against them. Yashpal Yadav, ❝ FARIDABAD DEPUTY COMMISSIONER In an immediate damagecontrol, both the districts have now mandated OTP generation on registered mobile numbers before sample collection. “There were initially 300 such cases where either the address was incomplete or wrong mobile numbers were given. To ensure patients give correct details, we have started the OTP system and have also mandated submission of an official ID with permanent address,” said Gurugram Municipal Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh. The Gurugram MC is currently handling the highest number of home isolation patients in the state. Faridabad has gone a step ahead and ordered registration of FIRs against patients who furnished wrong details. New Delhi, June 11 The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to reconsider the demands raised against public sector undertakings (PSUs) on the basis of its 2019 judgment on adjusted gross revenue (AGR). The verdict couldn’t have been used for raising demands from the PSUs, a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra clarified. The Bench asked private telecom companies to file affidavits explaining how they planned to pay their dues even as counsel for Vodafone, Airtel and others said their licences Pvt telecom firms told to submit roadmap for payment of AGR dues might get cancelled for nonpayment within the agreed timeframe. The top court asked the telcos to provide a roadmap for payment of AGR dues along with timeline and security they could provide to guarantee the payment. The Bench posted the matter for further hearing on June 18. The private telecom companies wanted the DoT to allow staggered payment of AGR dues. The Centre has supported their plea for staggered payment. Asking them to pay the entire amount at once would adversely impact the telecom industry, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said. However, the Bench expressed reservations over their offer to make the payment in 20 years. During the hearing, the court raised several questions over DoT's AGR demand from PSUs. New Delhi, June 11 The PGI-Chandigarh has retained its position as the second best medical college in the country after AIIMS-New Delhi for the third year in a row in the annual rankings for higher educational institutions (HEIs) released today. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) covers 10 categories. The IITMadras retains its number one slot among the HEIs. PUChandigarh is the second best for pharmacy studies after Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. The NIPER is ranked third. IITs dominate India top 10 institutes, bagging seven slots. The only non-technical institutes in top 10 overall Pb teachers battle it out, virtually Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service CM’s luncheon diplomacy to pacify Kangra MLAs Shimla, June 11 Jai Ram Thakur, Himachal CM, today held a luncheon meeting with 10 Kangra legislators, who have opened a front against state organisational secretary Pawan Rana. The MLAs owing allegiance to the CM tried to play down the matter but Jwalamukhi legislator Ramesh Dhawala expressed unhappiness at “the authority of party legislators being undermined” by Rana. “I have made it clear that the MLAs must be taken into confidence and there should be no interference in their constituencies. He (Rana) is interfering in government and organisational matters,” he said. — TNS INSIDE Chandigarh, June 11 Amritpal Kaur, a teacher at Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Nakodar, talks to her students even while she cooks a meal for her family. Regularly in touch with her students’ families over the cellphone, she is the face of thousands of teachers in 8,000 middle, high and senior secondary Punjab schools, holding online classes, interacting with students from 7 am to 11 pm every day. Some teachers say online teaching makes it difficult to address all students at the same time. Also, a section of students has no mobile connectivity, they point out. “This is the beginning of the academic session and except for 15-20 per cent students, the rest are just not involved,” a principal based in Tarn Taran district says. Another teacher says there are students who have cellphones but lack sufficient funds for recharging. “Down- NIRF: 9 FROM REGION IN TOP 100* INSTITUTE IIT-Ropar RANK 39 PU-Chd 44 Thapar-Patiala 51 IISER-Mohali 59 IIT-Mandi 67 Varsity of Kashmir 78 GNDU-Amritsar 88 Varsity of Jammu 90 LPU-Phagwara 99 (*CATEGORY: OVERALL) institutions are IISc-Bengaluru (2), JNU 8) and BHU (10). Miranda House is the best Indian college. — TNS REGION COMBATS VIRUS 4 MORE DEATHS IN PUNJAB Chandigarh: With four more deaths, including three in Amritsar, the total number of casualties in Punjab reached 60 on Thursday. As many as 82 fresh cases surfaced, taking the state’s caseload to 2,887. TNS COVID-19COUNT REGION STATE ONLINE CLASSES: PROBLEMS GALORE ■ Interacting with students from 7 am to 11 pm daily ■ A section of students has no mobile connectivity ■ Poor students have to borrow phones for lessons ■ Downloading video lessons can be expensive ■ Some students lack sufficient funds for recharging loading video lessons for different subjects can be expensive,” she observes. Programme planner Chander Shekar admits that online teaching demands continuous innovation. “For example, a section of students insists that lessons be sent to them in their teacher’s voice. Some teachers have been pleading with parents to lend their mobiles to poor students to help them attend classes. Each day we face new challenges and look for ways to overcome these.” Secretary Education (Schools) Krishan Kumar says: “Our biggest achievement has been our planners laying out an effective road map. Our programme has delivered beyond our expectations.” Chandigarh Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh J&K Ladakh Delhi +VE DEATHS 334 2,887 5,968 470 4,574 123 34,687 05 60 64 06 52 08 1,085 12 DEATHS IN SINGLE DAY Chandigarh: With 12 deaths, the highest so far in a day, and 389 fresh cases, Haryana’s Covid tally reached 5,968 on Thursday. So far, 64 people have succumbed to the virus. TNS 67 FRESH CASES IN J&K Srinagar: A Covid patient died and 67 others were tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Ladakh recorded 20 new cases. TNS
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