15042021-TT-01.qxd 4/14/2021 11:00 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.103 | 12pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 himachal pradesh PAK TO BAN ISLAMIST PARTY FOR VIOLENT STIR WORLD /thetribunechd INFOSYS PROFIT UP 17% AT ~5,076 CR BUSINESS IF NEED BE, QUAD NAVIES CAN COME TOGETHER BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday | 15 april 2021 CBSEClass X exam cancelled Class XII exam postponed | Remdesivir production to double Poor access to healthcare makes villages vulnerable, shows data Tribune News Service Aditi Tandon New Delhi, April 14 Amid the Covid surge, the government today decided to postpone the CBSE Class XII exams and cancel Class X exams and to double the production of antiviral injection Remdesivir. The Education Ministry said: “The board exams for Class XII to be held from May 4 to June 14 are postponed. These exams will be held hereafter. The situation will be reviewed on June 1 by the board and the details will be shared subsequently. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations”. GRIM MILESTONE 2 LAKH NEW CASES REVIEW ON JUNE 1 ■ CBSE to review situation for Class XII exams on June 1 The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Education Minis- CICSE: WILL REVIEW SITUATION & DECIDE DENMARK DITCHES ASTRAZENECA SHOT 421 CAPF PERSONNEL TEST POSITIVE VACCINE ASSURANCE The govt is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. PM at ❝ Yogi infected LUCKNOW: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said he had tested positive for Covid-19. He had isolated himself on Tuesday after some officials in his contact tested positive for the infection. Yogi was involved in campaigning in West Bengal. — PTI IN BRIEF 19 boxers, 2 coaches test positive for Covid NEW DELHI: Indian women’s boxing director Raffaele Bergamasco and head coach Mohammed Ali Qamar and 19 players have tested positive for Covid-19 at a camp here. — PTI UN: The 46-member grouping of the Least Developed Countries has said it supports a request by India and SAfrica to the WTO to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid vax to increase their access in these countries. SHORT OF MED OXYGEN, PB WRITES TO CENTRE Governors’ meet Punjab has asked the Centre for additional supply of medical oxygen for critical Covid patients. ter Ramesh Pokhriyal and key officials. The result of Class X will be prepared on the basis of objective criterion to be devised by the board. “Any candidate who is not Continued on Page 5 Babasahebremembered New Delhi, April 14 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday led the salutations to father of the Indian Constitution BR Ambedkar saying his incessant struggle to mainstream the marginalised would serve as an example to all future generations. "I bow to the great Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on Ambedkar Jayanti,” PM Modi said on the 130th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, born in 1891 and award- LDCs SUPPORT CALL TO WAIVE VAX-RELATED IPR ed the Bharat Ratna in 1990. Also paying tributes, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the party would always work to establish an egalitarian society as sought by Ambedkar. “Today when the forces of conservatism and discrimination are trying to weaken society, the Congress remains conscious that every section must progress equally without discrimination and all of us should together build a strong nation,” she said. — TNS Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 14 India’s rural health infrastructure may come under severe strain if Covid starts to sweep villages after having entered the previously unaffected tier 2 and 3 cities. The national rural health data reveals that the shortfall of specialists at community health centres (CHCs) is a whopping 76.1 per cent even as 63.3 per cent of the sanctioned posts nationally are lying vacant. CHCs are critical to rural healthcare. The current position of specialists at CHCs reveals that of the sanctioned posts, 68.4 per cent of sur- RURAL HEALTH INFRA 1,55,404 sub-centres 24,918 primary health centres 5,813 community health centres VACANCIES AT CHCs 63.3% specialist doctors 68.4% surgeons 56.1% gynaecologists 66.8% physicians 63.1% paediatricians geons, 56.1 per cent of obstetricians and gynaecologists, 66.8 per cent of physicians and 63.1 per cent of paediatricians are vacant. Overall 63.3 per cent of the sanctioned posts of specialists at CHCs are vacant. Besides, as compared to requirement, the cumulative shortfall of specialists in villages is 76.1 per cent. At primary healthcare centres, the first contact point between villagers and the medical officer, there is a shortfall of 71.9 per cent for male and female health assistants. For allopathic doctors at PHCs too, there is a shortfall of 6.8 per cent at the national level. This is mainly due to a significant shortfall of doctors at PHCs in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, UP and Karnataka, , the data reveals. Doctor availability fell from 24,676 in 2019 to 22,827 in 2020 across 810 district hospitals. Rural Kangra sees spike Tribune News Service Dharamsala, April 14 A sudden rise in Covid cases in rural areas of Kangra has become a matter of concern for the district health authorities. A senior health official said a large number of cases were recently reported from Fatehpur tehsil. It was found that some residents of the area had gone on a pilgrimage, which led to a rapid increase in new infections. GD Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra, said, “We are trying to maximise testing and isolate patients. Those who need medical care are being treated at the Tanda medical college and the Dharamsala Zonal Hospital.” 30% funds for SC welfare: Capt Dalit to be Deputy CM, if Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 14 The Punjab Government will spend at least 30 per cent of funds under all government schemes for the welfare of the state’s SC population. Announcing this today, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also took a host of other decisions for the uplift of the Dalit community, as a mark of homage to Dr BR Ambedkar. Vacancies in all depts to be filled on priority, says Punjab CM Paying floral tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Ambedkar, on his 130th birth anniversary, at a virtual state-level event, the Chief Minister also announced filling the backlog of SC vacancies in all departments on priority, while promising to explore a postmatric overseas scholarship scheme for SC students, on the lines of the Baroda State Scholarship Scheme awarded under a scheme established by Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The Chief Minister further announced a special Rs 500crore Rural Link Roads project. The project will encompass construction of new link roads to the colonies of the Scheduled Castes and other Continued on Page 5 voted to power: Sukhbir Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday promised to give the post of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister to a Dalit if his party is voted to power in the Assembly elections next year. He was in the district to pay tributes to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. STATEMENT NOTHING BUT POLL OPTICS, SAYS CAPT SUKHBIR’S CLAIM REFLECTS FEUDAL MINDSET: BJP On the occasion, Sukhbir announced that a university named after BR Ambedkar would be set up in the Doaba region. On the other hand, BSP activists opposed Sukhbir’s visit to the district and raised slogans. INSIDE Protesting farmers yet again nix move to restart toll plaza India not responsible for climatechange:Minister New Delhi, April 14 Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said India would raise its climate ambitions but not under any pressure. Addressing an international event, “From Paris to Glasgow: Stepping up global action on Climate Change”, the minister said the country would not let anybody forget their historical responsibility. Asking nations to provide finance and technological support they promised at Copenhagen in 2009, Javadekar said the world was suffering because of the mistakes of others. “What we are suffering today was caused 100 years ago. European and American countries and China, in the last 30 years, emitted (greenhouse gases) and therefore the world is suffering,” he said. “We are not responsible for climate change. India is on the right path following the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility,” he said. Back Page Cong candidate for Odisha bypoll dies Hry industry upset over night curfew BHUBANESWAR: The bodies of three fishermen, killed in a ship-boat collision, were brought here, official sources said on Wednesday. Two of the dead were from Colachel in Tamil Nadu while the third was from West Bengal. — PTI Gurugram, April 14 Night curfew has left the industrial sector in a fix. A majority of industries in Gurugram and Manesar function in multiple shifts, including night shifts. This will no longer be possible with the night curbs. The industry has sought special night passes for the workers to ensure that production is not affected. “There is economic crisis and we need to keep the industries going. Our labour should be exempted from curbs," said JN Mangla, president of the Gurgaon Industrial Association. — TNS Access to higher edu Maha’s ex-home minister not govt largesse: SC grilled for 8 hours by CBI Post-resignation, IG meets Capt Top Pb dog training institute faces existential crisis Chandigarh, April 14 Hours after Capt Amarinder Singh refused to accept the resignation of IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, the IPS officer on Wednesday met him. Though details of the meeting are not known, the Chief Minister is learnt to have urged the IG that he should continue to head the SIT at this vital juncture. — TNS Jupinderjit Singh Jaish militant, 3 OGWs arrested in Kulgam SRINAGAR: Security forces have arrested a militant and three over-ground workers (OGWs) of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on Wednesday. INSIDE Congress candidate for the byelection in Odisha’s Pipili Assembly constituency, Ajit Mangaraj, died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. — PTI Bodies of ship-boat crash victims found MANGALURU: Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 14 Popular across the country for providing trained dogs for detecting drugs and explosives, Punjab Home Guards Canine Training and Breeding Centre, Dera Bassi, is under review over its viability. From Indian Army to Ministry of External Affairs, the New Delhi, April 14 Maintaining that access to professional education is not a governmental largesse, the Supreme Court has said the state has an affirmative obligation to facilitate access to education at all levels. “While the right to pursue higher (professional) education has not been spelt out as a fundamental right in the Constitution, it bears emphasis that access to professional education is not a governmental largesse. Instead, the state has an affirmative obligation to facilitate access to EC to security units in J&K and from prisons of other states to top industrialists like Mukesh Ambani, the institute has a long list of illustrious clientele. While it has supplied nearly 250 dogs to other states in the last five years for Rs 3.45 crore, Punjab has not placed a single order during this period. The Punjab Government Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service MAMATA TOUCH: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with families of those killed in the Sitalkuchi clash during the fourth phase of Assembly polls, at Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar. PTI IT’S OBLIGATORY The state has an affirmative obligation to facilitate access to education at all levels. Bench ❝ education at all levels,” a Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud said. The court was dealing with a case of admission of two Ladakh residents in a medical college in Delhi against the central pool. Despite nomination, they were refused admission. —TNS Director opposes govt panel to review its viability recently formed a committee to review its viability. Newton Sidhu, institute director, alleged a lobby of officers wanted to damage the institute. Questioning the legality of the committee, he has New Delhi, April 14 Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was on Wednesday questioned for eight hours by the CBI conducting the preliminary enquiry (PE) on orders of the Bombay High Court in connection with the allegations of corruption raised against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh, an official said. Sources in the agency said Deshmukh denied the allegations levelled against him by Singh, saying there had been an attempt to malign already written to the CM, Chief Secretary and the DGP . Sidhu alleged DGP (Home Guards) VK Bhawra had got the committee constituted in contravention of his authority. He said Bhawra wrote a DO letter to the Home Secretary, seeking its review. “The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the authority of the DGP (Home ANIL DESHMUKH his and the state government’s image. The senior NCP leader reached the DRDO guest house in suburban Santacruz, where a team of the CBI is camping, around 10 am, the official said, adding the questioning ended for the day around 6 pm. — TNS Guards) and thus the demand is illegal and amounts to contempt of the court,” Sidhu claimed, seeking the CM’s intervention. Bhawra said the government had every right to review the projects under it from time to time. “This is procedural. There is nothing personal about it,” the DGP said. Jhajjar, April 14 The administration’s move to reactivate the toll booth on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway near Aasoda village failed within 24 hours as protesting farmers created a ruckus on Wednesday, forcing toll officials to stop charging tax from commuters. This was for the third time in four months that farmers shut the KMP Expressway toll plaza. The protesting farmers lifted the toll barriers, giving a free passage to the commuters. They also staged a dharna at the plaza and raised anti-government slogans. Bahadurgarh SDM Hitendra Sharma, present on the spot along with a heavy police force, said the farmers were requested not to take law into their hands by closing the toll plaza but they did not pay heed. The toll plaza was restarted on Tuesday in the presence of the SDM and the police to prevent any untoward incident. The farmers did not come yesterday as they had got together at Tikri border for the Baisakhi fair, said sources. BKU leader Gurnam Singh Farmers raise slogans at Aasoda toll plaza in Jhajjar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Chaduni had appealed this morning to farmers to reach the Aasoda toll plaza to ensure its closure in a peaceful manner. Suman Hooda, a farmer leader, said they would not leave the toll plaza till the administrative officers and police forces remained at the spot. Meanwhile, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) condemned the toll companies for restarting the collection. “These are provocations to disrupt the stir when harvesting is at its peak,” the AIKS said. Handlers at Punjab Home Guards Canine Training and Breeding Institute with two trained dogs. FILE PHOTO
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