10012022-TTC-01.qxd 1/10/2022 12:12 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.10 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 CHENNAI’S 14-YR-OLD BHARATH INDIA’S 73RD GRANDMASTER SPORT /thetribunechd COVID: BEATING RETREAT CEREMONY SUSPENDED J&K SHADOW OF GREENHOUSE GASES ON FARMING INFOCUS US, RUSSIA TO MEET OVER UKRAINE TODAY, PROSPECTS DIM WORLD monday | 10 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Intensive containment in high-surge zones, PM Modi reviews preparedness Tribune News Service The Pakistani boat ‘Yaseen’ that was seized by the Indian Coast Guard with 10 crew members (pic below) off Gujarat coast in Arabian Sea. PTI Pak boat with10 of crew seized off Gujarat coast Ahmedabad, January 9 The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat with 10 crew members in Indian waters in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast, it said on Sunday. The boat, named ‘Yaseen,’ was intercepted by the ICG vessel ‘Ankit’ during the operational patrol on Saturday night. When the crew members of the boat failed to justify their presence in Indian waters, the ICG ship apprehended it, the ICG said in a release. The boat tried to flee towards the Pakistani waters, but due to the quick response by the ICG ship, it was made to stop and apprehended, said the ICG. Around 2,000 kg fish and 600 litres of diesel were seized from the boat, the ICG said, adding that the boat was registered at Keti Bandar in Pakistan. IN INDIAN WATERS ■ 2,000 kg fish, 600 litres of diesel seized from boat ■ The vessel is registered at Keti Bandar in Pakistan ■ The boat has been towed to Porbandar for investigation Sometimes, Pakistani fishing boats cross the notional international maritime boundary and enter Indian waters during fishing expeditions. There has also been a rise in cases of such boats being used to smuggle contraband drugs through the continued on page 9 New Delhi, January 9 With India recording a 678 per cent rise in active Covid19 cases over the last 13 days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a highlevel review of the response preparedness with top officials and asked for urgent readiness of district-level medical infrastructure to tackle the surge. He was also briefed on the predictive peak scenarios of the surge, with elections to five states, UP Punjab, Uttarak, hand, Manipur and Goa, set to begin from February 10. Between December 27, 2021, and today, active Covid cases (which need hospital or home care) have soared from 75,841 to 5,90,611, a jump of 678 per cent that can overwhelm the health systems rapidly. Daily cases also crossed 1.50 lakh today set- Wants teen vax drive stepped up | Case positivity rate 10.21% MASK UP, SURGE ASTONISHING: WHO With 10 mn cases in a week, the WHO has termed the Covid surge as “astonishing” and urged nations to ensure proper masking up. BOOSTER FOR HEALTH WORKERS FROM TODAY Booster dose for healthcare & frontline workers and those with comorbidities above 60 from Monday. A health worker with a patient at a Covid care centre in CWG village, New Delhi, on Sunday. PTI NO LOCKDOWN IN DELHI FOR NOW ❝ Security lapse: Hearing resumes in SC today NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a petition on the recent alleged breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to Ferozepur in Punjab. PTI Congress backs Bihar CM on caste census PATNA: The Congress in Bihar on Sunday said it was “fully” with CM Nitish Kumar on the caste census issue and urged him to move forward with the exercise without waiting for a nod from his ally BJP. PTI Creator of ‘Sulli Deals’ app arrested from Indore NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police have arrested from Indore in MP a man believed to be the creator of ‘Sulli Deals’ app that allegedly listed hundreds of Muslim women for “auction”. BACK PAGE RBI ex-Guv Urjit Patel is AIIB vice-prez BEIJING: Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed as a vice-president of the Beijing-based multilateral funding institution AIIB, sources in the bank said. PTI Plea to ensure safety of Indians in Kazakhstan THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: VD Satheesan, Leader of Oppn in Kerala, has sought the Centre’s intervention to ensure safety of Indians stuck in Kazakhstan, rocked by violence over rising fuel prices. PTI Code in force, vax certificates in pollbound states won’t have PM’s photo. Cases are surging… but few are getting hospitalised... No lockdown if you continue to wear mask. Arvind Kejriwal, DELHI CHIEF MINISTER tling at 1,59,632 even as the daily positivity rate, a marker of infection spread, reached 10.21 per cent as against 0.87 INDIGO TO CANCEL AROUND 20% FLIGHTS, WAIVE CHANGE FEE per cent two weeks ago. The WHO, meanwhile, termed as “astonishing” the ongoing Covid surge world- wide with 10 million cases reported in a week and urged nations to ensure proper masking up of citizens. NEET-PG counselling for 45,000 seats from Jan12: Health Ministry Tribune News Service IN BRIEF CERTIFICATES WITHOUT PM’S PIC IN 5 STATES New Delhi, January 9 In a much-awaited move, the Ministry of Health on Sunday said the process of counselling for admission to NEET-PG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, Postgraduate) courses would start from January 12. The NEET-PG was held on September 11 last after being rescheduled twice and counselling was to start in October after the declaration of results. The process was stalled after a slew of petitions in the Supreme Court challenged the July 29, 2021, notification of the government. The notification provided 27 per cent reservation to Other Backward Classes and 10 per cent to Economically Weaker Sections in All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme of the Centre for undergraduate and postgraduate medical, dental courses from the academic year 2021-22. WAS STALLED AFTER QUOTA ROW ■ In an interim order on Jan 7, the SC allowed counselling for postgrad medical seats ■ NEET-PG exam was held on September 11, 2021 ■ The counselling process was stalled after petitions in the SC challenged the applicability of ~8-lakh income limit for EWS quota ■ Resident doctors last month held protests, demanding expeditious counselling ■ Nearly 45,000 seats are to be filled through counselling WILL BOOST EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID ❝ The Medical Counselling Committee will commence counselling from January 12. This will boost India’s efforts to fight Covid. Mansukh Mandaviya, HEALTH MINISTER The petitions challenged the applicability of Rs 8-lakh annual income limit for the EWS beneficiaries while calling for merit-based admissions with minimum reservation in medical PG courses. The Supreme Court on Friday passed an interim order allowing the reservations and said there was an urgent need to commence counselling. “In accordance with the assurance given to resident doctors by the Health Ministry and following the Supreme Court orders, the Medical Counselling Committee will commence counselling for NEET-PG admissions from January 12. This will boost India’s efforts to fight Covid-19. Congratulations to all aspirants,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted today. On July 29 last year, the Centre had announced 27 per cent and 10 per cent reservation (for both UG and PG courses) for students taking admission against all-India quota seats in the state-level medical and dental colleges. The AIQ Scheme was introduced in 1986 under the directions of the Supreme Court to provide domicilefree, merit-based opportunities to students from any state aspiring to study in a good medical college located in another state. The AIQ consists of 15 per cent of the total available UG and 50 per cent continued on page 9 PM Modi called for intensive containment and surveillance in clusters reporting higher cases during a review meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary AK Bhalla, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and ICMR chief Balram Bhargava. He said technical support should be provided to states reporting higher cases and effective use of masks and physical distancing measures as a new normal must be ensured. The PM insisted on effective implementation of home isolation for mild and asymptomatic cases to offset the burden on hospitals, and said a meeting with state CMs would be held soon to discuss state-specific scenarios. continued on page 9 India examines Iran option for wheat to Kabul New Delhi, January 9 India has exerted subtle pressure on Pakistan for an early decision on land transit for its humanitarian consignment of wheat to Afghanistan. Though New Delhi has sent three plane loads of life-saving medicines and vaccines to Kabul, its consignment of 50,000 tonnes of wheat has been blocked at the Pakistan border for over two months. South Block has now let it be known that India discussed an alternative route for wheat with Iran. BACK PAGE PM: Veer Baal Diwas in memory of Sahibzadas Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 9 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced his government’s decision to mark December 26 as Veer Baal Diwas in memory of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh every year. Paying rich tribute to the 10th Sikh Guru on the occasion of Parkash Purb today, Modi said, “Today on the auspicious occasion of Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, I am honoured to share that starting this year, December 26 shall be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’. This is a fitting tribute to the courage of the Sahibzadas and their quest for justice.” He said, “The Guru’s life and message give strength to millions of people. I will always cherish the fact that our government got the opportunity to mark his 350th Parkash Utsav.” The PM shared on Twitter Devotees at the Golden Temple NAME AIRPORTS AFTER GURUS: SGPC PM name ❝ IurgetheSikhtoGurus airports after to commemorate their sacrifices. KS Panjoli, SGPC SECY some glimpses from his visit to Patna at that time. Earlier, the PM had announced the decision to repeal three farm laws on November 19, birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Punjab will go to the polls on February 14. Leaders rush to dera to seek ‘blessings’ No O2 plant in 17 private hospitals of Haryana Ravinder Saini PUNJAB POLL 2022 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 9 A day after the announcement of elections in Punjab, several BJP Congress, AAP , and SAD leaders were seen at a congregation of Dera Sacha Sauda followers at Salabatpura, Bathinda, on Sunday to seek “blessings”. Among them were Harjit Grewal and Surjit Jyani of the BJP; minister Vijay Inder Singla, former minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, former MLAs Harmander Jassi and Mangat Rai Bansal of the Congress; AAP’s Bathinda (Urban) candidate Jagroop Gill; and SAD candidate from Dirba Gulzar Singh. The leaders tried to downplay their visit, claiming there was nothing political about it. Significantly, dera’s political affairs committee chairman Ram Singh and BJP leaders Harjit Grewal and Surjit Jyani and (R) Jagroop Singh Gill of AAP at dera headquarters in Salabatpura, Bathinda. PAWAN SHARMA INFLUENCE IN MALWA 84 11 40 WOOING SUPPORT is the number of dera branches in Punjab of these are in Bathinda district alone constituencies in the Malwa region are under substantial influence of dera The biggest dera branch is at Salabatpura, Bathinda CONG: Minister Vijay Inder Singla, former minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, ex-MLAs Harmander Jassi and Mangat Rai Bansal BJP: Harjit Singh Grewal, former state minister Surjit Jyani AAP: Jagroop Singh Gill, Bathinda (Urban) candidate SAD: Gulzar Singh, Dirba candidate state committee members were at the function too. The dera authorities are keeping their cards close to their chest, saying they would announce support to parties or candidates at the “appropriate” time. However, sources said the dera was unlikely to announce support for any party. Its strategy would be to back certain candidates on specific seats. Talking to The Tribune, dera spokesperson Harcharan Singh said, “It was a religious event. There was nothing political about it. Today’s congregation was in memory of dera’s second head Shah Satnam. However, the followers are angry over the implication of their head in sacrilege cases.” The dera can influence the election outcome in about 40 constituencies in Malwa. It has 84 branches in Punjab, 11 of these, including the biggest at Salabatpura, in Bathinda district. Therefore, leaders of Malwa have begun to reach out to the dera followers. A pink robe worn by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh during a congregation at Salabatpura on May 13, 2007, had triggered a row. He was accused of ‘imitating’ Guru Gobind Singh. FACILITY IS MUST FOR 50-BED HOSPITALS Tribune News Service Rohtak, January 9 At least 17 private hospitals in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Mahendragarh districts are yet to establish oxygen plants on their premises even as the surge in Covid cases has set alarm bells ringing across the state. The state government had, in May last year, made it mandatory for all hospitals with 50-plus beds to set up oxygen plants within six months to avoid repeat of a panic situation witnessed in April last year. Of the 17 hospitals, eight are in Rohtak, six in Jhajjar and three in Mahendragarh. Sources say under the Haryana Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, it is mandatory for every hospital with 50 beds or more to have an oxygen plant on its premises. But hospitals try to avoid it due to space and fund constraints, they say. CLEARING OP With the rise in Covid cases, the health authorities are set to act tough against the violators. Dr Jaswant Punia, Civil Surgeon, Rohtak, said the district had 13 private hospitals with 50-plus beds. “Five hospitals have the oxygen facility. We recently held a meeting with managements of other eight hospitals and asked them to set up plants to avoid action. They have assured us of compliance by January 20,” Dr Punia said. HEAVY SNOW IN HIGHER REACHES OF HIMACHAL TOWN KUFRI DALHOUSIE SANGLA SHIMLA BHARMAUR MANALI <
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