PUNJAB CM ANNOUNCES RS. 50 LAKH EX-GRATIA & JOB FOR FAMILY MEMBER OF LANCE NAIK KARNAIL SINGH

Chandigarh, October 1: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with government job to a family member, of Lance Naik Karnail Singh of 10 JAK RIF, who laid down his life on the line of control during cross border firing in Rajouri Sector (Jammu & Kashmir).

Paying homage to the martyr and extending his sympathy to the bereaved family, the Chief Minister said that Lance Naik Karnail Singh laid down his life fighting fearlessly for the country and the grateful nation would not forget his supreme sacrifice which would act as an inspiration for the generations to come.

Martyr Lance Naik Karnail Singh belonged to village Loha Khera (Sangrur) and is survived by his parents, wife and a one year old son.

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PUNJAB CM ORDERS END TO NIGHT CURFEW & SUNDAY LOCKDOWN AS COVID CASES & DEATHS DECLINE

RESTRICTIONS ON MARRIAGES/FUNERALS/TRAVEL EASED BUT CM ASKS DGP TO STRICTLY ENFORCE MASKS ETC

  • DECISION ON SCHOOLS TO BE TAKEN AFTER DUE DELIBERATION BETWEEN HOME SECY & EDUCATION DEPT

Chandigarh, October 1: Amid declining Covid cases and deaths, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered a slew of relaxations, including lifting of night curfew and end to Sunday lockdown, while directing the DGP to strictly enforce wearing of masks and other safety norms.

Among the relaxations announced by the Chief Minister are increasing the limit for marriage functions and funerals to 100 in the state, in line with the Government of India guidelines, as well as easing the limit of three persons in a car and 50% capacity in buses, subject to the condition of windows being open.

Captain Amarinder Singh, however, has directed DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure strict adherence to Covid protocols, with immediate action against those violating the mandatory masks condition. There should be no laxity, especially in view of the ongoing Paddy procurement operations and the forthcoming festival season, he said.

On the issue of reopening of schools and educational institutions, which the Centre had left to the states to decide post October 15 under Unlock 5.0, the final decision will be announced after due deliberations between the Home Secretary and the Education Department.

During a virtual meeting to review the Covid situation in the state, the Chief Minister took note of the decline in the rising cases/deaths trend and said the restrictions imposed earlier by the state government had helped. However, he expressed concern over the increase in cases in rural areas, even though numbers in cities/towns were going down.

Captain Amarinder also directed Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to look into arranging for provision of Vitamins etc to poor Covid patients discharged from hospitals.

In a brief presentation earlier, the state’s expert health committee head, Dr KK Talwar, said the positivity rate in the state had come down from 10.85% on September 14 to 5.12% on September 28. The number of deaths and patients on ventilators had also shown a decline during this period, he said. The state’s Covid death rate currently stands at 2.9%, with deaths per million at 112.5%. The recovery rate has gone up to 82.1%.

Health Minister Balbir Sidhu underlined the need for motivation of doctors and other medical staff to keep the situation under control.

Health Secretary Hussan Lal shared details of the current situation in government and private hospitals etc, while Dr D.K. Tiwari, Secretary Medical Education & Research disclosed that 54 Covid patients had been given plasma donation at the three GMCs so far.

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DAILY TELE MONITORING OF COVID HOME ISOLATION PATIENTS SET TO COMMENCE IN PUNJAB TOMORROW

PRIVATE CONSORTIUM WITH EXPERIENCE OF OTHER STATES HIRED BY CAPT AMARINDER GOVT

Chandigarh, October 1: Strict monitoring of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic Covid patients in home isolation will begin in Punjab from Friday, with the state government engaging a Consortium of Professional Home Healthcare Companies for their regular monitoring.

This was disclosed by an official spokesperson after a Covid video review by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday afternoon.

Health Secretary Hussan Lal informed the meeting that M/s Health Vista Private Limited has been hired for the purpose, and their professional health care tele-callers will monitor, on a daily basis, the health of Covid patients in home isolation for less than 10 days. The consortium has the experience of such monitoring in other states, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Karnataka.

Daily calling of home isolation patients for monitoring their well-being will be done from phone numbers 01206679850, 08068972066 and 04068118722, according to the spokesperson, who said patients 40 years and above will be monitored on priority under this system. Patients are being request to respond to these numbers when they receive calls from these.

Video Calls for consultation with doctor, in case desired by Home Isolation (HI) patient will be arranged. For any medical assistance and Doctor Consultation by the HI patients during their isolation period, a separate dedicated number will be shared over SMS with the patient.

For any emergency or ambulance requirement 108 or 104 can be dialled.

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AREN’T YOU ASHAMED TO TAKE OUT MARCH FROM TAKHT SAHIBAN WHILE FORGOING ANANDPUR SAHIB RESOLUTION: SUKHJINDER SINGH RANDHAWA

  • SAD, A TRAITOR TO CAUSE OF PANTH & FARMERS; WON’T GET ANYTHING FROM USELESS TACTICS AIMED AT REGAINING LOST POLITICAL GROUND
  • WHOLE WORLD KNOWS COMPLICITY OF AKALI DAL IN BARGARI & BEHBAL KALAN, CONSENT OF HARSIMRAT AT TIME OF PASSING FARM ORDINANCES

Chandigarh, October 1:Senior Congress leader and Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today lambasted Sukhbir Singh Badal for completely forgoing the Anandpur Sahib resolution which advocated more rights to the States and strengthening the federal structure of the country. “Aren’t you ashamed for taking out march from Three Takht Sahiban?”, asked Congress leader to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

In a press communiqué here today, Randhawa said that the SAD leadership under clutches of badals first chose to consign Anandpur Sahib resolution to the oblivion. The badal family sided with the decision of Citizenship Amendment Act (C.A.A.) undertaken by the NDA Government which stifled the federal structure of the nation. Now again when the Union Government striking at the federal structure, has passed the farm ordinances before enacting the law, the akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal was a member of the Union Cabinet, said Randhawa adding that with what morals is the SAD taking out march in favour of the farmers. He also quipped that the decision of Akali Dal to resign from the Union Cabinet and break alliance with the Central Government is not out of any morality or opposition but because of being forced by the necessity keeping in view the anger amongst the farmers. Now, the SAD is presenting itself as a hallowed martyr and indulging in the theatrics.

The Minister further said that the march being taken out by the SAD ton showcase itself as the champion of farmers’ cause is nothing but an unsuccessful attempt by the so called panthic party to revive its political fortunes but now its mask of duplicity has come off and it stands exposed before not only Punjab but the whole world.

Castigating the SAD, the minister further revealed that the Sikh Panth has discarded akali dal in the aftermath of the sacrilege and firing incidents at bargari and behbal kalan and the farmers have also come to know about the true colours of badal dal for clamoring for three months in favour of farm ordinances. These attempts by the SAD for regaining the lost political ground would prove futile, added Randhawa.

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DAILY TELE MONITORING OF COVID HOME ISOLATION PATIENTS SET TO COMMENCE IN PUNJAB TOMORROW

PRIVATE CONSORTIUM WITH EXPERIENCE OF OTHER STATES HIRED BY CAPT AMARINDER GOVT

Chandigarh, October 1: Strict monitoring of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic Covid patients in home isolation will begin in Punjab from Friday, with the state government engaging a Consortium of Professional Home Healthcare Companies for their regular monitoring.

This was disclosed by an official spokesperson after a Covid video review by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday afternoon.

Health Secretary Hussan Lal informed the meeting that M/s Health Vista Private Limited has been hired for the purpose, and their professional health care tele-callers will monitor, on a daily basis, the health of Covid patients in home isolation for less than 10 days. The consortium has the experience of such monitoring in other states, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Karnataka.

Daily calling of home isolation patients for monitoring their well-being will be done from phone numbers 01206679850, 08068972066 and 04068118722, according to the spokesperson, who said patients 40 years and above will be monitored on priority under this system. Patients are being request to respond to these numbers when they receive calls from these.

Video Calls for consultation with doctor, in case desired by Home Isolation (HI) patient will be arranged. For any medical assistance and Doctor Consultation by the HI patients during their isolation period, a separate dedicated number will be shared over SMS with the patient.

For any emergency or ambulance requirement 108 or 104 can be dialled.

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Rana Sodhi lays foundation of upgradation of Sri Guru Ram Dass Sports Stadium with Rs.8 crore

· 400 meter athletic track, 6 lane synthetic track, new pavilion blocks, modern gym and play grounds to be developed

· Recently hockey Astroturf announced for Ferozepur with a cost of Rs.5.5 crore

Chandigarh, October 1:Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of Sri Guru Ram Dass Sports Stadium at Guru Harsahai (Ferozpur), where modern sports facilities would be provided to the sports persons at a cost of Rs. 8 crore.

Addressing the brief gathering, Rana Sodhi informed that the sports stadium would be upgraded with more than Rs.8 crore, with which a 400 meter athletic track, 6 lane synthetic track, new pavilion blocks, modern gym and play grounds would be constructed and state-of-the-art sports facilities would be provided to the players of the region.

“State government is continuously making vigorous efforts to promote sports in the state and provide better sports amenities to sportspersons. Construction of new sports stadiums and up-gradation of the existing stadiums in rural and urban areas are being carried out on a war footing”, he added.

Cabinet Minister further said, fulfilling the long-pending demand of hockey lovers, the state government on the birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh, has announced hockey Astroturf at Ferozepur with Rs.5.5 crore, adding that district Ferozepur was known as the nursery and the stronghold of the hockey as this soil has produced hundreds of hockey players as well as hockey Olympians. He said that the laying of Astroturf would be of great benefit not only to the Ferozepur region but also to the nearby districts.

The sports minister said that every possible effort to promote sports and produce national and international level players was being made by the state sports department. Hence, the state government has increased award money besides providing government jobs to sports persons of national and international repute. “The Punjab government was fully committed to ensure high-end sports infrastructure in the state”, he added.

Deputy Commissioner Mr. Gurpal Singh Chahal, Senior Congress Leader Mr. Anumit Singh Hira Sodhi, SDM Mr. Parminder Singh Arora, Sports Department Executive Engineer Mr. Sanjay Mahajan, District Sports Officer Mr. Sunil Sharma, Tehsildar Ms. Neelam, Mr. Gurdeep Singh Dhillon, Mr. Amritpal Singh, Mr. Naseeb Singh Sandhu, Mr. Davinder Jung, Market Committee Chairman Mr. Ved Prakash, Arhatiya Association President Mr. Ravi Sharma, Mr. Angrej Singh, Mr. Balkar Singh, Mr. Vicky Sandhu, Block Samiti Chairman Mr. Sohan Singh, Mr. Nachhatar Singh, Mr. Kuldeep Dhawan and others were also present.

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HIGH SECURITY REGISTRATION PLATE SERVICE TO BE CONTINUED FOR NEXT TWO MONTHS: RAZIA SULTANA

Despite of COVID-19 situation 4.25 lakh vehicles affixed with HSRP

Chandigarh, October 1-Urging all the vehicle owners in the state to get HSRP (High Security Registration Plate) affixed on their vehicles ‘without any delay’, Punjab Transport Minister Mrs. Razia Sultana today said that Transport department has increased the High Security Registration Number Plates affixation centres from 22 to 82 for the convenience of the people of the state and this service would be continued for the next two months.

Despite of COVID-19 situation, the Minister said, more than 5 lakh vehicle owners have applied for affixation of HSRPs and approximately 4.25 lakh vehicles have been affixed with High Security Registration Plates. This has been possible with the introduction of the online booking system and Home fitment service, she added.

Keeping in view the response of the vehicle owners this service would be continued for the general public for the next two months so that remaining vehicle owners get their High Security Registration Plates affixed, said she, adding that the owners of the vehicles may take online appointments through an exclusive website www.punjabhsrp.in or by downloading mobile application.

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Punjab school education department commences new subject 'Welcome Life' to strengthen moral values in students

Chandigarh, October 1-Following the approval of education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, the Punjab school education department has introduced a new subject called 'Welcome Life' to inculcate moral values in the students.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the school education department said that this subject has been implemented in all the government, affiliated, associated, aided and unaided schools in the state. This new subject 'Welcome Life' has been commenced from the current session 2020-21. According to the spokesperson, the aim of this is to impart quality education to the students as well as to strengthen their moral values so, that they can become good citizens of the society.

According to the spokesperson this subject would be taught to the students from pre-primary to XII classes. There will be a total of 100 marks in this subject out of which 50 marks will be for written examination and 50 marks will be for practical. The paper for the the Board classes (V, VIII, X and XII) would be prepared by the Punjab school education board while for the remaining classes the subject would be assessed at the school level. The marks and the grade obtained by the student will be recorded on the certificate.

According to the spokesperson, the syllabus for this subject is prepared by the SCERT.On the basis of this syllabus books will be published by the Punjab School Education Board and will be made available to the students. School principals are instructed to spend at least one period a week on the subject.

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PUNJAB POLICE ORGANIZES ‘YOGA OVER WEBINAR’ PROGRAM FOR WOMEN POLICE OFFICERS

Fitness program designed to deal with stress problems during COVID-19 pandemic

Chandigarh, October 1 :Aiming to make the Punjab Police personnel hale and hearty, Punjab Police organised ‘Yoga Over Webinar’ program for women police officers in collaboration with the Round Glass foundation. This fitness program was designed to deal with stress problems especially in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of Punjab Police said that it has been observed that women police officials facing high levels of stress during the time of Covid-19 pandemic as they are performing duties at both the workplace and home. The COVID-19 crisis has contributed to the stress and anxiety manifold. In this regard, orders were issued that police personal over 55 years of age or those with pre-existing medical conditions and women officials with kids below the age of 5 years, would not to be deployed on the frontline duties.

Giving details ADGP, Community Affairs Division, Gurpreet Deo informed that the Community Affairs Division under the guidance of DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta has partnered with the RoundGlass foundation and started ‘Yoga Over Webinar’ program for women Punjab Police officers. He added that Dinkar Gupta has always given utmost priority to the welfare of the Police personnel during the pandemic and our current focus is on the wellbeing of our frontline workers.

She further revealed that studies have shown that Yoga is one of the most effective practices to cope up with the current stressful environment. Yoga and meditation practice can provide the tools to women Police officers to cope with stress.

ADGP Gurpreet Deo stated that the first one hour of Yoga webinar session was attended by 400 women Police officials. Veteran Yoga instructor Suchint Sodhi, has offered her services free of cost to the Punjab Police under the aegis of RoundGlass Foundation wherein three months module of virtual Yoga classes for Punjab Police officers across all districts of Punjab has been developed. Giving details she added that it would be a 45 minutes Yoga class, five days a week from 7 am to 8 am followed by 20 days self practice Yoga at home.

It is pertinent to mention here that the programme has received enormous appreciation from the participating women Police officials introduced to a new way of life and equipped to deal with the high amount of stress that women Police officers often have to face on account of the tough nature of policing and requirement of women officials to multitask and balance both work and home responsibilities. She informed that it has been planned that the programme would be extended to the 80,000 Punjab Police personnel in the next phase.

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PUNJAB SETS UP STATE/DISTRICT LEVEL TASK FORCE TO ENSURE SUPPLY & DISTRIBUTION OF OXYGEN FOR COVID PATIENTS

  • SET TO FLOAT TENDERS FOR OXYGEN GENERATION & STORAGE FACILITIES AT GMCs & CIVIL HOSPITALS

Chandigarh, October 1: To augment the supply and distribution of Oxygen amid the Covid pandemic, the Punjab Government has set up state and district level task force to ensure that there is no shortfall, and is set to float tenders for installing generation plants and storage tanks in all the three Govt Medical College & Hospitals, with generation facilities at Civil Hospitals in Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

These decisions were announced by an official spokesperson after a virtual Covid review chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

The estimated requirement for Liquid Medical Oxygen generators and storage facilities at the three GMCs at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot has been estimated at Rs 9.92 crore, and tenders for the same will be issued soon, Medical Education & Research Secretary Dr DK Tiwari informed the meeting.

Health Secretary Hussan Lal said all efforts were being made to ensure adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen for Covid patients even in the coming weeks. Besides setting up a State-level Task Force under the Department of Industries & Commerce, in collaboration with Transport and Medical Education, district level task force had also been set up under the respective CMO/GMDIC/Drug Inspector across districts.

The daily requirement of Medical Oxygen of Govt & Pvt Health Institutions at present has been estimated at approximately 135 MT. Medical Oxygen procured in the state is about 75 MT and liquid Medical Oxygen available to the state is about 80MT, according to the Health Secretary.

The Health Department has also issued SOPs for optimal utilisation at healthcare facilities and has circulated Guidelines of Niti Aayog for Hospital Management Committee & Monitoring Teams.