BHAGWANT MANN ASSURES TMC OF PERSONAL INTERVENTION FOR SEEKING APPROVAL FROM GoI TO SET UP ADVANCED CANCER CARE FACILITY FOR CHILDREN AND LEUKEMIA PATIENTS AT HBCHRC, MULLANPUR

Chandigarh, May 24:Acceding to the proposal of Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) to create additional advanced facility for treatment of children inflicted with cancer and persons suffering from leukemia at its upcoming 300-bedded Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (HBCHRC) in Medicity at Mullanpur (New Chandigarh), Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday assured that he would soon personally take up this issue with Government of India for seeking its approval at the earliest.

An assurance to this effect was given by Bhagwant Mann to the visiting delegation of TMC led by its Director Dr. Rajendra Badwe, which called on the Chief Minister at his official residence this morning.

Highly lauding this unique initiative of TMC, the Chief Minister hoped that with the creation of this additional state-of-the-art facility for the advanced treatment of children suffering from cancer as well as persons inflicted with leukemia in the upcoming ultra-modern cancer tertiary care facility at Mullanpur, first of its kind in northern India would cater to the needs of such patients from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal Pradesh.

Apprising the Chief Minister about the status of this prestigious project Dr. Badwe said that the much-awaited HBCHRC at Mullanpur is in the advanced stage of completion and likely to be fully operational by August this year. He also informed that the Chief Minister that the 120 bedded Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Sangrur with ultra-modern cancer care facilities was fully functional and catering to the residents of nearby areas from southern Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana.

Seeking personal intervention of the Chief Minister, Dr. Badwe also requested him to get the remaining civil works completed expeditiously at the HBCHRC, Mullanpur besides arranging proper accommodation for senior faculty till their residential complex is ready, which may take at least two to three years to come up.

Pointing out further Dr. Badwe informed the Chief Minister that their management had already requested Prime Minister’s Office to grant immediate permission to start the Mullanpur Hospital. He also urged the Chief Minister to take up this matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for further pushing the case for early clearance as Prime Minister is the Minister Incharge of Ministry of Atomic Energy.

Responding to Dr. Badwe’s request, Bhagwant Mann asked his Additional Chief Secretary to personally take up the issue with concerned authorities for early completion of the hospital without any further delay and also tie-up with GMADA for requisite accommodation to its staff. The Chief Minister also assured the visiting delegation that he would soon flag this issue with PM for its expeditious clearance.

Reiterating his government’s firm commitment, Bhagwant Mann said that all out efforts are being made to provide the best possible healthcare facilities to its citizens in several people friendly initiatives like setting up of Mohalla Clinics besides up-gradation of existing medical and health infrastructure both in rural and urban areas.

Notably, this advanced cancer care and research project, a unit of Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai, under the Department of Atomic Energy, is being set up with a sanctioned cost of Rs 664-crore in the built up area of 40,545 square meters for which 50 acres of land has been provided free of cost by the Punjab Government.

Prominent among those who attended the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary to CM A. Venu Prasad and Principal Secretary Medical Education & Research Hussan Lal besides Director HBCHRC, Mullanpur Dr. Divetia, Deputy Admin Officer TMC BD Nigasure and Consultant TMC Nishu Singh Goel.

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CM DIRECTS TOURISM DEPARTMENT TO INVITE GLOBAL TENDERS FOR PRESTIGIOUS PROJECT ‘PIND BABE NANAK DA’

· ASKS TO COMPLETE BHAI JAITA JI MEMORIAL AND NATURE PARK EXPEDITIOUSLY AT SRI ANANDPUR SAHIB

Chandigarh, May 24:Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday directed the Tourism and Cultural Affairs department to invite global tenders for the prestigious project ‘Pind Babe Nanak Da’ dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Sultanpur Lodhi.

Chairing a meeting to review the progress of this project here at his official residence, Bhagwant Mann asked the department to engage the world acclaimed architects for the construction of this iconic project to come up over an area of 40 acres at cost of Rs.500 crore.

Taking part in the deliberations, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Harjot Singh Bains apprised the Chief Minister that Government of India has already given in-principle approval to the concept paper for the aforesaid project.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also directed the Tourism department to complete the upcoming Bhai Jaita Ji Memorial at Sri Anandpur Sahib positively by December 2022, while chairing another meeting of Anandpur Sahib Foundation. He also asked the department to ensure quality construction of this prestigious project as per the stipulated specifications approved by the competent authority, which is coming up in the complex of Virasat-e-Khalsa at a cost of Rs. 13 crore over an area of five acres.

Notably, valiant Sikh General Baba Jiwan Singh (Bhai Jaita Ji) was a devout Sikh of Dasmesh Pita Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who brought the severed head (Sis) of the Ninth Sikh Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib from Chandni Chowk, Delhi to Sri Kiratpur Sahib.

Likewise, the Chief Minister also asked the department to complete the Nature Park being set up within the precincts of Virasat-e-Khalsa by positively by December this year at a cost of Rs. 10 crore. Bhagwant Mann said this project would be a centre of attraction for people visiting here in general and especially for nature lovers.

The Chief Minister while presiding over the first meeting of Amritsar Cultural and Tourism Development Authority reviewed the progress of various heritage and tourism cultural sites including Golden Temple Plaza in the holy city of Amritsar.

Emphasizing the religious and historical importance of holy city of Amritsar, the Chief Minister asked the department to complete all the ongoing works under the authority at the earliest so as to showcase Amritsar as a global tourism hub.

Prominent amongst those who were present in the meeting included; Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari, Additional Chief Secretary to CM A. Venu Prasad, Principal Secretary Tourism & Cultural Affairs Tejveer Singh, Secretary Information & Public Relations MS Jaggi and Director Tourism & Cultural Affairs Karnesh Sharma.

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PUNJAB GOVT. MAKES PUNJABI ELIGIBILITY TEST COMPULSORY FOR CANDIDATES VYING FOR GROUP C AND D POSTS

· HAVE TO SECURE MINIMUM 50% MARKS IN PUNJABI ELIGIBILITY TEST IN ADDITION TO RECRUITMENT EXAM FOR RESPECTIVE POST

MOVE AIMED AT PROMOTING PUNJABI LANGUAGE

Chandigarh, May 24:In a major initiative aimed at promoting Punjabi language, the Punjab government has made it compulsory for the candidates vying for Group C and D posts of State Government to clear the Punjabi eligibility test by securing at least 50% marks over and above the stipulated recruitment exam for the respective post.

A decision to this effect has been taken by the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann while chairing a meeting with the officers here at his official residence. In order to promote Punjabi language, Bhagwant Mann said that it would be now mandatory for all the candidates appearing for recruitment for group C and D posts to qualify Punjabi eligibility test with minimum 50% marks prior competing for the requisite recruitment exam for the respective posts.

Meanwhile, it was also informed in the meeting that the State Government has already kick-started a massive recruitment drive with 26,454 jobs including large number of posts from amongst group ‘C’ and ‘D’.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari, Additional Chief Secretary to CM A. Venu Prasad, Principal Secretary Higher Education and Languages Jaspreet Talwar, Secretary Employment Generation Kumar Rahul besides others.

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PUNJAB CM OUSTS VIJAY SINGLA FROM HIS CABINET ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

REITERATES COMMITMENT TO MAKE PUNJAB CORRUPTION FREE STATE

Chandigarh, May 24: Reiterating his government’s firm commitment to make Punjab a corruption free state, the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today dismissed Health Minister Dr Vijay Singla for seeking 1% commission in department headed by him.

“My government is having zero tolerance towards corruption and no one, howsoever affluent he may be, will be allowed to continue such malpractices”, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister categorically said that he had dismissed Dr Singla from his Cabinet and asked the Police to register case against him. He said that since the case was only in his knowledge so he could have easily buried it or ignored it. However, Bhagwant Mann said that after taking oath at sacred soil of Khatkar Kalan he had vowed to make Punjab corruption free and this is a historic step towards this cause.

The Chief Minister said that people had chosen them for transparent and corruption free system and he is duty bound to fulfill the aspirations of every Punjabi. He said that since 75 years of Indian Independence there is no such parallel in the state whereas Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had taken such a bold step 2015 when he had dismissed his Food and Supply Minister on charges of corruption. Bhagwant Mann said that the message is loud and clear that corrupt practices will not be allowed in the state.

The Chief Minister unequivocally said that his predecessors had been shielding the corrupt and then saying that they knew about corruption being done by their ministers. However, Bhagwant Mann said that such practices would not be tolerated in Punjab now. He said that Dr Singla has admitted his crime and now the law will take its own course.

Taking a dig at the opposition, the Chief Minister said that they will fire political salvos regarding corruption on his government. But, Bhagwant Mann said that he has taken action against the corrupt whereas the opposition had always sheltered and promoted the corrupt leaders. He said that the intention and vision of his government is clear that corrupt practices will not be allowed and anyone indulging in this will have to face serious repercussions.

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HARPAL SINGH CHEEMA LAUNCHES VERKA’S SUGAR FREE VANILLA ICE CREAM

Chandigarh, May 24: Keeping in view the demand of the market, Milkfed has been launching new milk products from time to time, which have been getting overwhelming response. Continuing with the same series of actions, Harpal Singh Cheema, Cooperation, Minister, Punjab on May 24 launched three new varieties of Ice Cream under Verka brand namely Sugar Free Vanilla in 80ml Cup, Amour Range Family Pack in Afghan Dry Fruit and American Nuts in 700ml pack.

While speaking on the occasion, Harpal Singh Cheema lauded the performance of Milkfed during the financial year 2021-22 and till date & assured the dairy producers and consumers that Milkfed is committed to provide quality extension services to dairy farmers and quality milk and milk producers to consumers. The Govt. assured full support to Milkfed Punjab in achieving its mission and vision.

It was also informed that the customers have been demanding Sugar Free Ice Cream from time to time. With the launch of Verka Sugar Free Ice Cream, the customers shall be able to get the best quality of Sugar Free Ice Cream from the trusted hands of Verka.

With the launch of new varieties of ice cream by Verka and with the expansion in the distribution and retail network in the market, the sale of ice cream has increased by 51% in the year 2021-22. During the month of April of financial year 2022-23 the sale of ice cream has increased by 94% as compared to sale in April 2021 and it is anticipated that the sale of ice cream are going to increase more than 100% in May 2022 in consonance to the corresponding period of last year.

Special Chief Secretary (Cooperation) Ravneet Kaur informed that all Verka Dairies of Milkfed shall be modernized further to improve the quality of Milk and Milk Products. It was also assured by her that Govt. will ensure to provide milk producers and consumers with the best services.

Registrar, Cooperative Societies Punjab Nilkanth S. Avadh said that Milkfed is committed to launch new value added Milk and Milk Products and Milkfed is taking all initiatives to improve its technical and milk handling capacities.

Managing Director Milkfed Kamaldeep Singh Sangha informed that Verka had earlier launched four varieties of Real Fruit ice cream namely Pink Guava, Litchi, Strawberry and Mango, which is made from Real Fruit. Apart from this, Choco Delight Bar has also been launched. It was also informed that keeping in view the sounding demand from customers, Verka will soon be launching Rabri Kulfi. He also informed that in the recent past, Milkfed has introduced Freezers on Wheel (FOW) in the market so as to make available its ice cream, which has received tremendous response from customers.

Sangha further elaborated that Milkfed has been witnessing a sharp increase in the sales of all Verka products and the growth rate of each product has been phenomenal. During the Financial Year 2021-22, Milkfed has recorded an annual increase of 10% in Packaged Milk, 38% in Curd, 24% in Lassi and 30% in Kheer as compared to Financial Year 2020-21. Milkfed also managed to record an increase in sale by 82% in Dairy Whitener, 31% in UHT Milk, 14% in Ghee, 39% in Sweetened Flavored Milk (PIO) and 39% in Lassi (Tetra Pack).

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PPSC CONDUCTS ALL EXAMINATIONS IN ENGLISH ONLY EXCEPT PCS COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION, CLARIFIES CHAIRMAN

EXAMINATION FOR NAIB TEHSILDARS CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH AS PER PROCEDURAL RULES OF PPSC

Chandigarh, May 24-Taking cognizance of the media reports regarding examination conducted by PPSC for recruitment to 78 posts of Naib-Tehsildar in English only, the Chairman Punjab Public Service Commission Jagbans Singh on Tuesday clarified that the rules of procedure prescribed by the PPSC for its functioning clearly stipulate that the question paper be set in English language only and all such examinations in the past too have been conducted in English only.

Pointing out further, PPSC Chairman said that the only exception to the aforesaid rule is the Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination - both preliminary and main - where it is mandated by the Government notified rules to conduct the examination in both English and Punjabi.

Referring to the issue raised by media regarding the examination of Naib Tehsildars recently conducted by PPSC, the Chairman averred that the question paper, which consisted of multiple choice questions requiring the candidates only to select the correct option out of the four given options, was set in the English language.

However, the minimum eligible qualification for the post of Naib Tehsildar is graduation and a graduate in any stream is expected to have a basic knowledge of English that enables him/her to choose correct options in multiple-choice questions. Therefore, no written expression of language is required to answer the questions in such examinations, added the Chairman PPSC.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

24th May 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

525698

*19514563

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

1142

760218

3

No. of patients discharged

1113

742363

4

Total Deaths reported

5

17751

5

Sample collected on the day

10619

6

Test conducted on the day

7428

7

Positive cases on the day

14

8

Number of active Cases

104

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

2

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

0

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

0

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218607

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

3

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117206

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

26

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

209971

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

54

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1011882

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

865

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8310095

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

9709

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7214182

24

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

3381

25

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

12542179

26

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

18261

27

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

9766436

28

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1227

29

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

1067370

30

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

3191

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

689780

32

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

2798

33

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

554562

34

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose on the day

5196

35

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

240039

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

3107

37

Total Precautionary dose given

618692

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

4250

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

28050

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

32300

*After reconciliation of data, one sample added.

On 24th May 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

Nil

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

Nil

3.

Number of New patients discharged

22

(Bathinda-2, Jalandhar-1, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-3, Pathankot-1, Patiala-1, Ropar-5, SAS Nagar-7, Tarn Taran-1)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 24th May 2022 - 14

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

10

3.46%

10 New Cases

289 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

2

0.09%

2 New Cases

2260 Samples Tested

Bathinda

1

1.20%

1 New Case

83 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

1

0.85%

1 New Case

117 Samples Tested

Amritsar

0

0.00%

Nil

533 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

62 Samples Tested

Faridkot

0

0.00%

Nil

102 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

62 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

0

0.00%

Nil

71 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

0

0.00%

Nil

144 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

0

0.00%

Nil

84 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

193 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

0

0.00%

Nil

900 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

0

0.00%

Nil

67 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

51 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

307 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

216 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

74 Samples Tested

Pathankot

0

0.00%

Nil

74 Samples Tested

Patiala

0

0.00%

Nil

399 Samples Tested

Ropar

0

0.00%

Nil

287 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

717 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

0

0.00%

Nil

336 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

14

0.19 %

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Cured

Total Deaths

Total Active Cases

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Ludhiana

152

109929

147

107636

1

2280

13

2

SAS Nagar

301

95992

265

94798

0

1148

46

3

Jalandhar

104

78375

90

76790

0

1578

7

4

Patiala

205

62236

200

60772

0

1457

7

5

Amritsar

63

59458

62

57770

0

1682

6

6

Bathinda

43

50913

37

49815

0

1088

10

7

Hoshiarpur

51

40891

60

39792

0

1096

3

8

Gurdaspur

18

26957

18

26091

1

865

1

9

Pathankot

38

24571

40

24073

0

495

3

10

Fazilka

18

23416

31

22870

0

545

1

11

Muktsar

6

22560

11

22021

0

539

0

12

Kapurthala

31

22066

31

21483

1

583

0

13

Ropar

25

17963

25

17508

0

455

0

14

Ferozepur

15

17914

14

17374

0

537

3

15

Mansa

5

17233

3

16839

1

393

1

16

Faridkot

23

16806

27

16468

0

338

0

17

Sangrur

0

14308

0

13573

0

735

0

18

SBS Nagar

20

13422

24

13012

0

409

1

19

FG Sahib

8

11842

8

11488

0

354

0

20

Moga

5

10993

5

10736

1

255

2

21

Tarn Taran

4

10902

3

10508

0

394

0

22

Barnala

7

7504

12

7155

0

349

0

23

Malerkotla

0

3967

0

3791

0

176

0

Total

1142

760218

1113

742363

5

17751

104

*After reconciliation of data, 1 old confirmed case added to district Hoshiarpur.