NIGHT CURFEW TO BE IMPOSED IN ALL PUNJAB TOWNS & CITIES AS CM ANNOUNCES FRESH CURBS FROM DEC. 1

· CAPT AMARINDER ALSO ORDERS DOUBLING OF FINE FOR NOT WEARING MASKS OR KEEPING SOCIAL DISTANCE

· HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, MARRIAGE PALACES TO SHUT DOWN AT 9.30 P.M., ALL CURBS TO BE REVIEWED ON DEC. 15

handigarh, November 25: Amid the grim Covid situation in Delhi-NCR and apprehensions of a second wave in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered a series of fresh restrictions in the state, including re-imposition of night curfew in all towns and cities as well as doubling of fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms, with effect from December 1.

The curbs, which will shall be reviewed on December 15, also restrict opening timings of all hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces till 9.30 p.m. Night curfew will remain in force from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., announced the Chief Minister, warning people against letting their guard down under any circumstances.

Giving details of the new restrictions after a high-level state Covid review meeting, an official spokesperson said fine for now following Covid appropriate behaviour shall be hiked from the present Rs 500 to Rs 1000.

Given the in-flow of patients from Delhi for treatment in Punjab, it has also been decided to review and optimise the beds availability in the state’s private hospitals. The Chief Minister has asked Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to work with the concerned departments to encourage more private hospitals to come on board and earmark beds for Covid care.

To further strengthen the availability of oxygen and ICU beds, Captain Amarinder has ordered strengthening of the L II and L III, with constant monitoring of districts that are not equipped with L III facilities. The management practices in GMCHs and Civil Hospitals should also be examined in light of the recommendations of the report received from the Expert Group, he said.

The Chief Minister has also directed the Health and Medical Education departments to make emergency appointments of specialists, super-specialists, nurses and paramedics, to further augment the manpower which was recently strengthened with the recruitment of 249 specialist doctors and 407 medical officers. The departments have also been asked to consider preparing 4th and 5th year MBBS students as reserve and back-up, in case needed in the future.

On the testing front, the Chief Minister stressed the need to fully utilise the 25,500 daily RT-PCR testing capacity, and directed targeted and regular testing of potential super spreaders, including Government officials. The District Hospitals must have 24 x 7 testing available, and the same must also be made available at other convenient locations where people can easily access the same, he said.

While the increase in contract tracing was a positive sign, steps must be taken to ensure that all these contacts are also tested, said the Chief Minister, adding that the Patient Tracking Officers must also be assigned this task.

To ensure that no deaths take place in home isolation, Captain Amarinder said the agency hired to look into these cases should keep close tabs on such patients. While mortality audit was ongoing, it was a matter of satisfaction that the Department was now collecting reasons for placing patients on ventilator by private hospitals, and there was a referral group available to monitor these patients, he added.

Referring to the reports of early vaccine coming in, the Chief Minister said while he was happy to note that the data base for healthcare workers was ready, the departments should also look at the other categories of frontline workers who could be prioritised for the vaccine.

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Punjab Government postponed exam of Ward Attendant

Chandigarh, November 25:Taking notice of upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Punjab, the State Government has decided to postpone the exam of ward attendant which would be held on 28th November 2020.

Giving details in the press communiqué, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that about 1.5 lacs candidates expected to appear in this exam for the post of ward attendant in the health department. The decision has taken in the video conference where Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Science Mr. Raj Bahadur was also present. Mr. Sidhu said that the next date of the exam to be announced soon.

He informed that it was also decided in the meeting that the course of B.Sc in Nursing and Pharmacy would be initiated in the next session at Dr. BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences, Mohali.

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• Nursing & Pharmacy Colleges to be opened under Dr. BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences in Mohali – Health Minister, Balbir Singh Sidhu

• B.Sc in Nursing and Pharmacy to be initiated in the next session

Chandigarh/SAS Nagar, November 25:Considering the prolonged demand of Mohali’s residents, State Government has approved the Nursing & Pharmacy Colleges under Dr. BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences in Mohali.

Disclosing this here today, the Health & Labour Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the decision has been taken in the video conference where along with others Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Science Mr. Raj Bahadur was also present.

He said that the course of B.Sc in Nursing and Pharmacy would be initiated in the next session in new collages under Dr. BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences, Mohali.

Mr. Sidhu clarified that in case of paucity of land in the concerned colleges, it would be provided free of cost to the Institute.

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PUNJAB GOVT RELEASES RS. 1561.08 CR TO CLEAR PENDING PAYMENTS UNDER VARIOUS SCHEMES AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

RS. 802.35 CR RELEASED ON ACCOUNT OF CLEARING GPF/GIS PAYMENTS TILL NOV 24

Chandigarh, November 25: The Punjab Government on Wednesday released funds to the tune of Rs. 1561.08 crore on various schemes and development projects including sum of Rs. 802.35 crore towards payment of General Provident Fund (Final & Advances)/Group Insurance Scheme to its employees upto November 24.

According to an official spokesperson, the Finance Department has also released Rs.94 crore for Hoshiarpur and Rs.75 crore for Tarn Taran out of total Rs.169 crore on account of 14th Finance Commission Grants and Rs.86.60 crore to Punjab Infrastructure Development Board for the execution of various development schemes and projects across the state.

Apart from these, a sum of Rs.69.31 crore has been released under Standard Object of Expenditure (SOE) to be incurred on electricity (Rs.38.68 crore), Petrol Oil & Lubricants (POL) Rs.18.60 crore, Rent Rates and Taxes (RRT) Rs.4.19 crore and other office expenses (Rs.7.84 crore). Another Rs.51.30 crore has been released under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Rs.50 crore each under Smart City Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) to boost the pace of urban development.

Pointing out further, the spokesperson said that Rs.48 crore has been released for the payment of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and Rs.40 crore on account of fee paid for Court/Tribunal Cases etc. Similarly, Rs.39.96 crore has been paid to Punjab Urban Development Authority for debt servicing besides Rs. 39 crore to the Bhakhra Beas Management Board (BBMB) and Rs.26.42 crore under National Health Mission (NHM).

The Finance Department also released Rs.25 crore for Smart Phones to the youth, Rs.23.59 crore for execution of Flood Control Projects besides Rs.19.54 crore to the Welfare of SC/BC department for Shagun Scheme. An amount of Rs.14 crore has been released to fund Employment Generation & Training programme under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and Rs.7.01 crore for Technical Education.

These funds have been released to boost the tempo of overall development and growth in the state with a directive from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to all the departments to intensify its efforts for additional resource mobilisation by cutting down wasteful expenditure to further consolidate state’s fiscal position especially due to sluggish economy amid Covid-19.

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INDUSTRIES DEPT LAUNCHES TWO-MONTH LONG REGISTERATION DRIVE UNDER RIGHT TO BUSINESS ACT

Chandigarh, November 25: The Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Punjab in partnership with Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) has launched a 2-month long MSME Registration Drive under the Right to Business Act, 2020.

Disclosing this here today, the spokesperson of the Industries department said that the drive launched during the Global Entrepreneurship Week last week from the Ludhiana district and will gradually be expand across Punjab. A webinar was held on the occasion with key stakeholders including industry associations, prominent entrepreneurs, NGOs, think tanks to inform them about the provisions and processes for in-principle approval and deemed approval under the Right to Business Act, the spokesperson added.

The Government of Punjab recently notified the Right to Business Act, which offers an easy process of self-declaration for newly incorporated MSMEs and exempts them from certain approvals and inspections needed to establish and operate in the state for a period of 3.5 years.

Elaborating further, the spokesperson added that the Act provides for a District Bureau of Enterprise (DBE) in each district, under the overall superintendence, direction and control of the State Government and the State Nodal Agency. The DBE is headed by the Deputy Commissioner as CEO and General Manager of the District Industries Centre (DIC) as Additional CEO, with other members to be notified by the Government from time to time.

The DBE maintains a record of ‘Declaration of Intent’ received, and issues ‘certificate of In-Principle Approval’ under the Act within 3 working days in approved industrial parks and within 15 working days outside the approved industrial parks, as per the recommendations of Scrutiny Committee. After the approval, a new MSME unit will be able to start its project immediately and may apply for Regulatory Approvals within three and half years from the issuance of ‘Certificate of In-Principle Approval’.

The launch webinar was held under the chairpersonship of Mr. Alok Shekhar, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce. Mr. Shekhar expressed that the Right to Business Act is aimed at easing the regulatory burden on newly incorporated MSMEs by providing enabling provision of self-declaration and also exempting them from certain approvals and inspections for establishment and operations of MSMEs in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sibin C., Director, Department of Industries and Commerce present in the webinar and laid great importance on the concerns, feedback and suggestions from the entrepreneurs and industry associations. He expressed the willingness and agility of the Department to integrate and evolve as per the needs of the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Punjab.

So far 2 entrepreneurs from Patiala and SAS Nagar have successfully registered their enterprises under the Right to Business Act within record 13 and 10 working days respectively. The Department is deeply committed in the implementation of the bold reforms notified under the Act and invited commitments from the stakeholders to spread the word on the provisions of the Act across their member bodies and entrepreneurial networks.

The webinar saw attendance and participation from Mr. Upkar Singh Ahuja (CICU), Mr. Badishk Jindal (Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations), Mr. Manjit Singh Matharoo, (FICO Megha Machine Tool Cluster of Ludhiana), Gurmit Singh Kular (FICO), Charanjiv Singh and Vinod Thapar (Knitwear & Textile Hub), Ashok Makkar (Punjab Dyers' Association), Jeevan Gopisetty (NEMO), Rishi Agarwal (Avantis Regtech), Prashant Narang (Centre for Civil Society), Swati Murali (Haqdarshak) to name a few.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin-COVID-19 25thNovember 2020 (05:00pm)

1. Details of Samples and Cases:-

1

Total Samples taken

3075865

2

Total samples collected on the day

24323

3

Total No. of patients tested positive

148435

4

No. of patients discharged

136622

5

Number of active cases

7129

6

No. of Patients on oxygen support

137

7

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

13

8

Total Deaths reported

4684

On 25thNovember 2020

1.

Number of new patients on oxygen support

NIL

2.

Number of new patients admitted in ICU

NIL

3.

Number of new patients put on ventilator support

02

(Ludhiana-1, Mansa-1)

4.

Number of new patients discharged

444

(Ludhiana-81, Jalandhar-106, Patiala-45,SAS Nagar-4, Amritsar-29, Gurdaspur-6, Bathinda-55, Hoshiarpur- 42, Ferozepur-5, Pathankot-3,Sangrur-6,Kapurthala- 11, Faridkot-16,Muktsar-2, Fazilka-5, Moga-4, Ropar- 13,FG Sahib-1, Barnala-2, Tarn Taran-2,SBS Nagar-4, Mansa-2)

5.

Number of new deaths reported

31

(Bathinda-1,Faridkot-1, Gurdaspur-4, Hoshiarpur-3, Jalandhar-3,Ludhiana-2, Mansa-1, SAS Nagar-2, Mukatsar-2, SBS Nagar-2, Pathankot-3, Patiala-1, Ropar-4, Sangrur-2)

Patients reported positive on 25thNovember 2020- 785

District

Number of cases

Source of Infection outside Punjab

Local Cases

Remarks

Ludhiana

104

1 New Case (International Traveler)

37 Contacts of Positive Cases, 8 New Cases (OPD), 42 New Cases (ILI), 4 New Case

(HCW), 2 New Case (Pre- operative), 10 New Cases

----------

Jalandhar

145

----------

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Rest Cases details pending as reports received late

Patiala

110

----------

13 Contacts of Positive Cases, 97 New Cases

----------

SAS Nagar

138

----------

----------

Rest Cases details pending as reports received late

Amritsar

62

----------

20 Contacts of Positive Cases, 42 New Cases

----------

Gurdaspur

31

----------

7 Contacts of Positive Cases, 2 New Cases (ILI), 7 New Cases (OPD), 15 New Cases

----------

Bathinda

25

2 Contacts of Positive Cases, 6 New Cases (ILI), 17 New Cases

----------

Hoshiarpur

26

----------

7 Contacts of Positive Cases, 6 New Cases (ILI), 13 New Cases

----------

Ferozepur

3

----------

3 Contacts of Positive Cases

----------

Pathankot

21

----------

21 New Cases

----------

Sangrur

15

----------

4 Contacts of Positive Cases, 1 New Case (ILI), 10 New Cases

----------

Kapurthala

6

----------

6 New Cases

----------


Faridkot

8

----------

3 contacts of Positive Cases, 1 New Case (ILI),4 New Cases

----------

Muktsar

16

----------

3 New Case (ILI),9 New Cases (OPD), 2 Contacts of Positive Cases, 2 New Cases

----------

Fazilka

8

----------

6 New Cases (ILI), 2 New Cases (OPD)

----------

Moga

2

----------

2 New Cases

----------

Ropar

20

----------

20 New Cases

----------

FG Sahib

9

----------

9 Contacts of Positive Cases

----------

Barnala

4

----------

2 Contacts of Positive Cases, 2 New Case (OPD)

----------

Tarn Taran

1

----------

1 New Case

----------

SBS Nagar

17

----------

4 Contacts of Positive Cases, 2 New Cases (ILI), 11 New Cases

----------

Mansa

14

----------

14 New Cases

----------

=*1 New Case Source of Infection out of Punjab

2. Cumulative Cases:-

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Active Cases

Total Cured

Deaths

1.

Ludhiana

22346

858

20599

889

2.

Jalandhar

17312

1075

15696

541

3.

Patiala

14281

568

13294

419

4.

SAS Nagar

14772

1605

12898

269

5.

Amritsar

12804

618

11708

478

6.

Gurdaspur

7322

163

6943

216

7.

Bathinda

8111

389

7543

179

8.

Hoshiarpur

6847

182

6418

247

9.

Ferozepur

4348

62

4151

135

10.

Pathankot

4913

200

4583

130

11.

Sangrur

4177

98

3891

188

12.

Kapurthala

4345

93

4070

182

13.

Faridkot

3612

171

3376

65

14.

Muktsar

3510

235

3191

84

15.

Fazilka

3541

198

3282

61

16.

Moga

2597

73

2438

86

17.

Ropar

2792

180

2470

142

18.

FG Sahib

2304

73

2124

107

19.

Barnala

2199

101

2041

57

20.

Tarn Taran

2049

15

1940

94

21.

SBS Nagar

2103

74

1957

72

22.

Mansa

2150

98

2009

43

Total

148435

7129

136622

4684

*From Gurdaspur 3 case entries shifted to other states.

*From Mukatsar 2 repeat case entries deleted

*From Moga 10 repeat case entries deleted

Containment Zones:-

s.no

District

s.no.

containments

Total population of the area contained

1

Muktsar sahib

1

District jail

428

Total

428

Micro Containment Zones:-

s.no

District

s.no.

Microcontainments

Total population of the area contained

1

Ropar

1

NCC CAMP Ropar

35

2

GianiZail Singh Nagar, Ropar

204

3

JHINJARI

251

Total

490

2

Muktsar

1

Puda Colony Malout

468


Total

468

3

Ludhiana

1

472 D Model Town Extn

2

B Block Kitchlu Nagar Ldh

345

3

5433/9 Raghuvir Park HaibowalKalan

496

4

2736 stno 5 C Guru Nanak Colony Gill Road

468

5

1662 Stno 1 Vishvakarma Nagar Tajpur Road Ldh

1612

6

New KitchlunAgar Nr Radha Swami SatsangBhawan

105

7

VillHariaUppal CHC Machhiwara

246

8

#40 Agar Nagar ExtnFerozpur road Ldh

280

9

B-19 B44 Tagore Nagar B Block Ldh

288

10

1067 Dandi Swami Road Officer Colony DR. sandep Chopra Lane Ldh

156

11

614/14, STNO-7 SHAM NAGAR, NEAR BUS STAND, LUDHIAN

352

12

177 MODEL TOWN, LUDHIANA

225

13

134-194 NEW MODEL TOWN, LUDHIANA

Total

4573

4

Amritsar

1

KatraMoti Ram

89


89

5

Jalandhar

1

Durga Colony

17

Total

17

6

Pathankot

1

MISSION ROAD

Total

GRAND TOTAL

20

5637