09062021-TT-01.qxd 6/8/2021 11:25 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.158 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana MUST RAMP UP GLOBAL VAX PRODUCTION: US WORLD /thetribunechd UDDHAV MEETS PM AMID SIGNS OF THAW IN TIES BACK PAGE INDIA TO GROW AT 8.3% IN CURRENT YEAR: WORLD BANK BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday | 9 june 2021 Fresh order for 44 cr doses placed, govt assures no supply hiccups from August SC:Ensurenobreakin education for orphans Prices capped in pvt hospitals, Covishield to cost ~780, Covaxin ~1,410, Sputnik ~1,145 New Delhi, June 8 The Supreme Court has ordered the states and Union Territories to ensure that there is no break in the education of children who have become orphans or lost one parent during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The state governments/ Union Territories are directed to make provisions for continuance of education of the children both in government as well as in private schools,” a Bench led by Justice LN Rao said. “The other issues… relating to the protection of property rights of the children, further education of the children, employment opportunities, special care to be taken in respect of the girl child, will be taken up on the next date of hearing,” it said. Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 8 A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to revert to centralised procurement of Covid vaccines for free supply to states from June 21, the government ordered 44 crore additional doses for supplies starting August until December. Of these, 25 crore doses have been ordered from Serum Institute of India and 19 crore from Bharat Biotech. Also, the government today issued an order capping the prices for administration of three approved vaccines in private hospitals across India. The maximum price that can be charged per dose by private vaccine centres is Rs 780 for Covishield, Rs 1,410 for Covaxin and Rs 1,145 for Sputnik V The Health Ministry has . written to all states informing them of the price caps. The final costs are based on price per dose declared by manufacturers (Rs 600 Covishield; Rs 1,200 Covaxin and Rs 948 Sputnik V), plus GST at the continued on page 9 edit: firm up vaccine policy FREE JABS FOR ADULTS TO COST GOVT ~50K CR Free jabs to around 95 crore adults in India will entail a total spending of ~45,000 crore ~50,000 crore. This is higher than ~35,000 cr that was announced in the Budget. VAX NOD LIKELY SOON FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AIIMS (Delhi) Director Randeep Guleria, part of the government’s expert group on vaccine plan changes, said India was awaiting safety data and once it was out, approval may be granted to vaccinate pregnant women. Police personnel deployed to control crowd outside the Agra hospital on Tuesday. PTI Agra hospital to be sealed over 22 deaths ❝ Govt is driven by headlines, not deadlines. Agra, June 8 Shree Paras Hospital here is being sealed following the death of 22 patients reportedly due to a shortage of oxygen. The step was taken after a video surfaced in which the hospital owner was heard saying that the oxygen supply was stopped in a “mock drill”. The purported video showed a doctor admitting that 22 people died after he shut oxygen for Actortakesoneve-teasers, knifed to death in Rohtak Rohtak, June 8 Colony to look for him. I saw Kamesh, alias Raunak, a one Rahul, alias Naali, his state-level boxer, model and brother Sunny, Rohit and two actor hailing from Rohtak, other youths beating up my was stabbed to death son. Rahul stabbed allegedly by some Kamesh in the chest local youths after he and abdomen,” tried to intervene in a alleged Rajesh. matter pertaining to Kamesh was rushed eve-teasing of a minor to the local PGIMS girl here last night. where he was declared In a complaint “brought dead” by doclodged with the tors. Rajesh alleged Kamesh police, the victim’s Rahul had reportedly father, Rajesh Kumar of Paa- molested a minor girl, an da Mohalla, stated that act opposed by Kamesh Kamesh had gone to Tej and his friends. Colony to meet his friends The police have registered a Vishal and Shiva when the case under Sections 148, 149 incident occurred. and 302 of the IPC against “As Kamesh did not return Rahul, Sunny, Rohit and an till late at night, I went to Tej unknown person. — TNS IN BRIEF India elected to UN economic council NATIONS: Eighteen states, including India, were elected to the UN Economic and Social Council for a threeyear term. Volkan Bozkir, president of the General Assembly, announced the results after voting by secret ballot on Monday. — PTI UNITED 5-year-old girl dies of thirst in Rajasthan JODHPUR: A five-year-old girl, Manju, has died of thirst while her grandmother Sukhi fell unconscious at Raniwara, Rajasthan. The incident took place when both were travelling by foot to see a family member in a nearby village. — PTI Pkl gets metropolitan development body CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister ML Khattar on Tuesday announced the setting up of Panchkula Metropolitan Development Authority on the lines of similar bodies in Gurugram and Faridabad. —TNS DRIVEN BY HEADLINES, NOT DEADLINES: CONG Had reportedly cut off O2 during ‘mock drill’ fives minutes during the drill. The district administration took the decision after investigation on Tuesday. District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh said a case would be registered against the hospital under the Epidemic Act. There are 55 patients admit- ted to the hospital, who will be shifted to another medical facility by a team of the CMO. The DM said all deaths in the hospital were being audited by the CMO’s team. He said comments in the viral video spread fear among the public. On the other hand, the hospital management denied that any mock drill had been done to stop oxygen. — Agencies Vaccines are still not free as 25% have to be taken at a cost in private hospitals. Jairam Ramesh, CONGRESS 86,498 FRESH CASES TOTAL DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 3,51,309 13,03,702 2,123 DEATHS IN 24 HOURS Tribune News Service OTHER DIRECTIVES ■ States/UTs should prevent NGOs from collecting funds in the name of pandemicaffected children ■ Action should be taken against those indulging in illegal adoptions “The states/UTs are directed to take action against NGOs/individuals indulging in illegal adoptions,” the court said. It also directed the states and UTs “to prevent any NGO from collecting funds in the names of the affected children by disclosing their identity and inviting interested persons to adopt them. No adoption of affected children should be permitted contrary to the provisions of the JJ Act, 2015.” continued on page 9 O2 negligence: 2 Hry hospitals indicted Hisar/Gurugram, June 8 A magisterial porbe into the death of five Covid-19 patients at a private hospital in Hisar has indicted the hospital for deaths. Five patients on ventilator support had died when Soni Burns Hospital ran out of oxygen on April 26. In a similar incident, Kirti Hospital, Gurugram, has been found guilty of negligence after oxygen supply ran out, killing eight patients. INSIDE In 20 days, 53 black fungus deaths in Pb Chandigarh, June 8 In Punjab, 53 Covid patients have died due to mucormycosis (black fungus) in the past 20 days. As per data collected by the Health Department, around 350 cases have been reported in various government and private hospitals. Last month, the state had notified black fungus under State reports 350 mucormycosis cases the Epidemic Diseases Act. While around 250 patients have been cured, 50 are still undergoing treatment at various hospitals. In the age-wise breakup, 25% of cases are in the 18-45 age group, 38% in the 45-60 age group and 36% in the age group of above 60 years. Of the 53 patients who died, 88% had Covid, 86% had history of steroid intake and 80% were diabetic. Diabetes is a major risk factor for the patients getting infected with black fungus. — TNS Himachal pharma units using fake Sting ensnares many companies to market narcotic drugs in global drug trade Ambika Sharma 60 LAKH PILLS SEIZED Tribune News Service Solan, June 8 Fake marketing firms appear to have become a convenient ploy to facilitate nefarious sale of narcotic and psychotropic drugs by the pharmaceutical units located in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Two pharmaceutical firms located at Kala Amb and Paonta Sahib were booked under the NDPS Act for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy during the last fortnight. The move came after “tramadol” tablets worth crores manufactured by these firms were seized by ■ The Punjab Police seized 30.2 lakh tramadol tablets on May 28 from Paonta Sahib-based Unique Formulations. ■ The Kala Amb police seized 30.10 lakh tablets, 226 kg tramadol powder and over 1,000 wrappers of two marketing firms from Orison Pharmaceutical on June 2 the Punjab Police. Investigations reveal that the tablets seized from Kala Amb-based Orison Pharma recently were marketed by two firms that did not exist at the addresses mentioned on the drug wrappers. These firms were New Healthcare, Sahibabad (Ahmedabad), and PP Pharma, Mumbai. In case of the Paonta Sahibbased Unique Formulations, marketing firm PB Pharmaceuticals, New Delhi, did not exist at the given address. Twitter blocks account Choksi ‘Indian citizen’, court of Jazzy B, three others to take call: Dominican PM New Delhi, June 8 Amid the controversy over the new IT (intermediary) rules, Twitter has restricted four accounts in India, including that of Punjabi rapper-songwriter Jazzy B, in compliance with the legal request made by the Indian Government, according to data from the US-based collaborative archive Lumen Database. “@jazzyb’s account has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand,” read the message on the singer’s account. The Indian-Canadian singer visited the Singhu border in December to support farmers protesting against the new farm laws. Jazzy B has also been supporting the farmers through his social media platforms and posted several updates about the protests on Twitter. Twitter has taken action on four accounts that also include hip-hop artiste L-Fresh the Lion. The accounts have been Satya Prakash VISITED SINGHU BORDER IN DEC ■ The singer visited the Singhu border in December to support farmers protesting against the new farm laws ■ Jazzy B has also been supporting the farmers through his social media platforms “geo-restricted” which means people outside of India can still access the accounts. In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said when it receives a valid legal request, it reviews it under both the Twitter rules and local law. “If the content violates Twitter’s rules, the content will be removed from the service. In all cases, we notify the account holder directly so they’re aware that we’ve received a legal order pertaining to the account,” the spokesperson said. — IANS New Delhi, June 8 By using the term “Indian citizen” for the fugitive Mehul Choksi, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has sent an “encouraging signal” for the Indian agencies, which are making all-out efforts to bring the accused in the mega PNB bank fraud case back to India. However, Skerrit also insisted that his government “will protect the rights” of Choksi as he has been awaiting a trial. Currently, Choksi has got interim relief from immediate deportation to India by the Dominican court, which adjourned the hearing on his detention. continued on page 9 The Drug Licensing Authority has cancelled the licence of Unique Formulation after it failed to respond to a show-cause notice while the case of Orison Pharma is being examined based on its reply. Manufacturing of drugs has been put on hold at both units. As per an amendment made to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which became applicable from March 1, no marketer shall undertake sale or distribution of any drug manufactured by a manufacturer by labelling his name on that without an agreement. A marketer would also be held continued on page 9 Global Net outage crashes many sites LONDON: Several major websites across the world, including the UK government’s website, crashed for some time on Tuesday due to an outage at global website hosting service Fastly. The affected sites displayed a message saying “503 Service Unavailable”. Fastly said there were issues with its global content delivery network and was implementing a fix. — PTI Canberra, June 8 US and Australian agencies hacked into an app used by criminals and read millions of encrypted messages, leading to hundreds of arrests of suspected organised crime figures in 18 countries, Australian officials said on Tuesday. The operation by the Australian police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ensnared suspects in Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East involved in the global narcotics trade, the officials said. Named Operation Trojan Shield by the FBI, it was one of the biggest infiltrations and takeovers of a specialised encrypted network. Australian PM Scott Morrison said the operation “struck a heavy blow against organised crime – not just in this country, but one that will echo ... around the world”. “This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney. The operation, which was conceived by the Australian police and the FBI in 2018, saw officials in the US take control of the An0m messaging app used by organised crime networks. When an Australian under- US-Oz JOINT OPERATION ■ US, Australian agencies hacked into messaging app An0m ■ They read millions of encrypt- ed messages of criminals operating around the world ■ Hundreds of suspected organised crime figures were held in 18 countries 224 HELD IN AUSTRALIA ■ 224 persons, including members of outlawed motorcycle gangs, have been arrested in Australia ■ 35 persons have been detained in New Zealand ECHO AROUND THE WORLD ❝ Struck a heavy blow against organised crime—not just in this country, but one that will echo... around the world. Scott Morrison, AUSTRALIA PM world figure began distributing customised phones containing the app to his associates as a continued on page 9 Will lose place we called home for 20 yrs, say Aravalli migrants Bijender Ahlawat Tribune News Service Faridabad, June 8 Bihar native Mohammed Salim (61) came all the way from Gaya in search of work way back in 1995 and made this city his home. From starting out as a labourer in a stone quarry to gradually building his threeroom house in Khori basti, Salim is a disturbed man since the SC judgment on demolishing houses in the Aravalli for- 25-YR-OLD COLONY FACES DEMOLITION The Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, will launch a major demolition drive at Khori basti in the Aravalli forest area from today. The colony houses more than 50,000 migrant workers est land came in yesterday. He stands to lose his home of 21 years, and the future, he says, appears bleak. “I learnt of the SC order through a message on my phone. Since then, the entire family is in panic mode. We are a family of 20. My sons and their families live with us, and all of us have chipped in with funds to build this house that the JCB machine will reduce to a rubble in a few minutes. We will lose the place we call home as well as the earnings that went into building it up,” he rues. continued on page 9 Migrant workers whose houses face demolition at Khori basti.
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