05062021-TTC-01.qxd 05-06-2021 00:17 Page 1 US EXPANDS INVESTMENT BAN ON CHINESE FIRMS WORLD /thetribunechd 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.5 no.154 | 16 pages | ~6.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com saturday | 5 june 2021 Under 5% positivity rate in 377 dists; no hasty unlock, states told Tribune News Service SII GETS NOD TO PRODUCE SPUTNIK V New Delhi, June 4 With half of India’s districts reporting less than 5 per cent Covid positivity amid a receding second wave, the government today advised states to exercise caution during the unlock process. Last week, the ICMR had set three criteria for unlocking — less than 5 per cent positivity in a district, over 70 per cent inoculation of priority groups and community role in Covidappropriate behaviour. As of today, 377 (up from 92 in the week ending May 7) districts have less than 5 per cent positivity, but the government sounded caution on unlocking. “We have to buy time to achieve a high rate of vaccination and want to keep practising intense discipline till then by way of continuing to enforce the ‘test, track, isolate’ strategy, selfdiscipline, masks and avoiding gatherings and parties,” continued on page 13 The DCGI has granted permission to the Serum Institute of India (SII) to manufacture Sputnik V vaccine in India for examination, test and analysis with certain conditions, official sources said. 1,32,364 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 3,40,702 16,35,993 2,713 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS A medic collects a swab sample of an infant for Covid test at a hospital in Navi Mumbai on Friday. PTI PFIZER PRODUCES LESS ANTIBODIES AGAINST DELTA VARIANT, SAYS STUDY ZYDUS CHILD VACCINE ON CARDS Zydus Cadila may seek licence for child vaccine in two weeks, said VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog. He said Covaxin trials too were being conducted on children. There are around 12 to 13 crore children in the 12-18 age group. Explain vax ‘sale’ to pvt hospitals: Centre to Pb New Delhi, June 4 The Union Health Ministry on Friday asked Punjab to clarify allegations raised by media reports on the alleged ‘sale’ of Covaxin doses at a profit to 20 private hospitals in the state, noting that prima facie it was in violation of the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Decks cleared for six more local-made subs Punjab Govt rescinds controversial agreement doses to private ❝ Order onbeen withdrawn. hospitals has These will be administered free to those in 18-44 group at govt centres. BS Sidhu, HEALTHMINISTER Strategy. The Punjab Government withdrew the controversial agreement today and asked private facilities to return the vaccine stocks. Additional Secretary (Health) Vandana Gurnani, in her letter to Punjab’s Principal Secretary, Health, wrote: “As you are aware, continued on page 13 PUNJAB CM MEETS AICC PANEL Nod to invitation of bids for ~43K-cr project Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 4 In an attempt to kick-start its long-pending submarine procurement plan, the Ministry of Defence on Friday okayed the proposal to invite bids for the Rs 43,000-crore project to make six next-generation stealth conventional submarines in India. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is the MoD’s apex decision-making body headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, okayed the move. Conventional submarines are run on a mix of diesel and electric power. The Indian SUBMARINE COUNT SHORT OF TARGET ■ India has 17 subs, with some to retire in coming years ■ It’s way behind the target announced in 1999 for 24 submarines by 2030 ■ In contrast, China will maintain nearly 70 submarines in 2020s, says a US report Navy wants the vessels to have a technology called air independent propulsion (AIP) which adds to the submergence capabilities, allowing the vessel to remain under water for 12-15 days, much more than the 4-5 days continued on page 13 Rejig:12 DCs among 42 IASofficers shifted in Hry Chandigarh, June 4 The Haryana Government on Friday issued transfer orders of 42 IAS officers, among them 12 Deputy Commissioners. Those posted as DCs are Amarjit Singh Mann (Charkhi Dadri), Girish Arora (Yamunanagar), Shyam Lal Poonia (Jhajjar), Mukul Kumar (Kurukshetra), Vinay Pratap Singh (Panchkula), Mahavir IN BRIEF CBSE panel to set assessment norms NEW DELHI: The CBSE has formed a 13-member panel to work out objective criteria for assessment of Class 12 students. It will submit its report within 10 days. BACK PAGE Pak won’t host ‘jatha’ for martyrdom day AMRITSAR: The Pakistan Government has refused to host the Indian Sikh ‘jatha’ on the occasion of martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev this year in view of the pandemic. INSIDE Job regularised over 2 years after death CHANDIGARH: Over two years after Bhoop Singh’s death, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered Haryana to regularise his services. INSIDE Kaushik (Fatehabad), Sushil Sarwan (Panipat), Shakti Singh (Nuh), Pradeep Dahiya (Kaithal), Anish Yadav (Sirsa), Vikram (Ambala) and Lalit Kumar (Sonepat). Mukesh Kumar Ahuja has been posted as Gurugram Municipal Commissioner, Dhirendra Khadgata Ambala Municipal Commissioner and continued on page 13 Capt Amarinder Singh in New Delhi on Friday. MUKESH AGGARWAL PCC overhaul, role for Sidhu discussed Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 4 Reorganisation of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and accommodation of former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today came up for discussion at a meeting between CM Amarinder Singh and the AICC panel set up to review Punjab affairs. The meeting lasted nearly three hours. The CM defended his government’s four-year record, informing the panel that the probe into the Bargari sacrilege issue was still on and the law would take its course. Captain’s detractors have publicly criticised him for “laxity” in bringing the Bargari culprits to justice. With today’s meeting, CAPT DEFENDS GOVT ■ CM denies laxity on Bargari, says case still being probed ■ Clarifies his position on alleged inaccessibility, excessive control by bureaucracy ■ AICC panel will submit its report to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi next week the AICC panel wound up its consultations. The panel will submit its report to Congress president Sonia Gandhi next week. The CM is learnt to have clarified his position to the panel over his alleged inaccessibility and the “excessive control of the bureaucracy”. Sources said most of the issues raised by the state leaders were “procedural” and continued on page 13 In Pb, many get jab faking as construction workers Finance Dept clears 400 posts for health facilities in Shimla Karam Prakash Shimla, June 4 In a major boost to the health infrastructure in Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Finance Department has approved around 400 posts for an upcoming super-specialty hospital at Chamyana, on the outskirts of the city, and a trauma centre being built on the IGMC campus. Tribune News Service Patiala, June 4 Thousands of ineligible persons are learnt to have got themselves vaccinated faking as construction workers in Punjab. The state had put construction workers in the priority group for vaccination. Records reveal that around 1.5 lakh unregistered “construction workers” and their family members have been vaccinated by the state Health Department so far. Majority of them are reportedly fake. The vaccination of such persons was allegedly undertaken without proper verification. The Health Department, however, claims the beneficiaries were vaccinated in the presence of labour officers. The Tribune team talked to RBI CUTS GDP FORECAST TO 9.5% BACK PAGE COST LABOUR DEPT ~7.5 CR ■ Though Punjab is giving jabs for free, Labour Dept has been told to pay for inoculating workers ■ Labour Dept has paid ~7.5 cr to the Health Dept in lieu of 2.19 lakh registered workers ■ Principal Secy VK Janjua said, “We had welfare fund for workers, so we paid for jabs” some of the persons vaccinated under the construction workers’ category. It was found they were not construction workers or in any way continued on page 13 Cabinet expected to give approval today Around 25 posts have been approved for the Tertiary Cancer Care Centre, too. All these posts are likely to be approved in the Cabinet meeting tomorrow. Around 1,000 persons are expected to get employment at the superspecialty hospital and the trauma centre. PAGE 6
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