CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking priority allocation of Covid-19 vaccine to the state, on account of its higher mortality rate resulting from the population age profile and high levels of co-morbidities.
In his letter, the Chief Minister said despite its relatively low case load, the higher fatality rate due to Covid in Punjab, needs special dispensation in the allocation of the vaccine. Pointing out that the vaccines currently under consideration would not perhaps reduce transmission so much as prevent serious disease, Captain Amarinder said that the best use of these vaccines would therefore be in preventing serious illness in the most susceptible groups, including elderly and persons with high morbidity.
Captain Amarinder Singh also sought clarity as to whether the Covid-19 vaccination would be entirely funded by the Government of India, including the cost of vaccines and vaccination supplies. He further asked for clarity on the principles based on which the prioritised groups are to be identified for sequential immunisation phases, and leave the preparation of the list of prioritized groups to the state.
The Chief Minister also sought expansion of the definition of frontline workers for the purpose of immunization to include administrative officials and others responsible for essential functions. While the definition of healthcare worker was relatively precise and Punjab had compiled data based on it, but the definition of frontline workers lacked clarity, he noted, adding that as of now it seemed to include only security forces (police, armed forces) and municipal workers, with some mention of primary school teachers.
Captain Amarinder said that while it appeared that private sector healthcare workers would be enumerated and that the Centre also intends to provide vaccines for them, apart from government sector healthcare workers, the question did arise if the vaccines were also to be provided to other priority groups and the general population, should they wish to receive vaccines from government providers.
Additionally, some reports have implied that persons previously infected with Covid-19 may not receive vaccination, the Chief Minister noted, adding that the basis of such recommendations was unclear, given the conflicting advice from the World Health Organization. Since the policy appears to differentially categorise people who may already have been infected, Captain Amarinder Singh said that it would be helpful to have the recommendations backed by international scientific consensus before development and implementation of such a policy, even if it may result in more doses being available for others.
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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONSOON WEDDING
After the sweltering hot and sunny days, the monsoon season brings in the much needed wet and cool climate. If you are getting married in this romantic weather, make the most of it by following the simple tips by wedding curators Aaradhana & Prateek Kashyap of Made in Heaven.
Venue: Check the weather forecast before finalising the date and make sure the venue is monsoon proof. Opt for an indoor venue. Choose one that has glass walls, transparent ceilings or even windows to enjoy the lovely weather. Have humidifiers at the venue to balance the temperature. Also, an indoor venue will keep all the decorations safe. Make sure the venue is well ventilated and has a constant power supply as there are sudden electrical breakdowns due to bad weather.
Going in for an outdoor venue will be cumbersome as you will need to go in for waterproofing and don’t forget to have a bug repellent plan in place as the monsoon invites lots of bugs. We have a lot of umbrellas and sheds in the venue. Always have a backup plan in case you want to go in for an outdoor wedding. If you really want to go for an outdoor venue, look for a convertible venue if you really want to go for an outdoor venue, or opt for a venue that has both indoor and outdoor facilities so that if the rain comes, the entire wedding can happen inside, but make sure the indoor is big enough to accommodate all the guests.
Make sure the venue has valet service so that the guests can easily leave their vehicles and move in if it’s raining. You should have escorts and ushers, especially if there’s a distance between the parking area and the venue. You should have a hot beverage station to serve hot beverages and snacks the moment guests arrive. Plan out flexible times for your festivities as the monsoon invites a lot of traffic jams.
Décor: A monsoon wedding calls for a vibrant and colourful décor. Avoid real flowers as they get spoilt easily in rain, and they might attract small insects and crawlies. You can use origami, sheer curtains, glassware, and bright floral print fabrics and can add umbrellas, boats, origami, danglers, and fairy lights for the decor. If you choose an outdoor venue, avoid using props as they might fall in case it rains or the winds are heavy. Floral umbrellas, light colours, and the vibgyor theme are popular décor themes in the monsoon.
Food: Have plenty of live stations for hot snacks and beverages. You can have South Indian dishes, Chinese and grilled sections. Avoid raw salads and any cold beverages, as they can make you sick easily. Make sure the food is fresh and prepared hygienically, as rain brings in a lot of bugs and food allergies. Sweet dishes like garam jalebis and gulab jamuns are a must-have in your menu. Avoid dishes that have leafy veggies as ingredients like palak paneer, green chicken, hara bhara kebabs, etc., as leafy veggies are high in infections due to the conditions, they are grown in. Avoid risky sea foods like shrimp and an overdose of non-vegetarian preparations, as meat too leads to a lot of stomach infections this season. Plan a pre-wedding rain dance party and enjoy the lovely monsoon weather. A rain dance theme bachelorette party or even a pool-side party. You can even plan your haldi ceremony followed by a rain dance party. This can happen if you plan a destination wedding or book a hotel.
Wedding invites and favours: Opt for the monsoon theme for designing your invites, e.g., a couple dancing in the rain. Accessorise the wedding favours with umbrellas, cute raincoats, and other rain-wear gear like flip flops.
Photography & Videography: How about a pre-wedding shoot in the lovely monsoon weather. The romantic weather can definitely bring in the love in the air and complement the Pre-wedding shoots.
Wedding Outfits: Choose lighter outfits, and not too long hemlines and trails. It’s advisable to keep a spare.
Patiala man writes ‘pro-Khalistan slogans’, arrested
Karnal Police has arrested a Patiala-based man for writing “pro-Khalistan slogans” on the walls of two educational institutions on 20 June, and said that the accused was promised to pay USD 1,000 by a US-based person for accomplishing the job. The accused has been identified as Manjeet, hailing from Punjab’s Patiala.
Manjeet was produced before the court which remanded him to five-day police custody for further probe.
“Haryana Police arrested a person for writing pro-Khalistan slogans in Karnal On 20 June, slogans were found written on the walls of two educational institutions. We started probing the matter and arrested an accused identified as Manjeet, a resident of Punjab’s Patiala,” said Ganga Ram Punia, Superintendent of police, Karnal on Tuesday.
“The accused was produced in the court, which sent him to 5-day police remand. During interrogation, it came to the fore that the accused was in contact with a US-based person, who promised to pay 1,000 dollars for doing this work. Further probe into the matter is underway,” the official added.
In a similar incident that occurred in Himachal Pradesh in May, one more Punjab resident was arrested for allegedly putting Khalistani flags and writing slogans on the walls in the Dharamsala city of Himachal Pradesh, informed Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.
“Another person who put up Khalistani flags and wrote slogans on the wall in Dharamsala has also been arrested from Punjab. Every Himachali is united against the forces dividing the country. Long live Mother India Jai Hind, Jai Himachal,” Thakur had tweeted.
“In a joint raid with Himachal Pradesh Police, we arrested a resident of Morinda in connection with putting up pro-Khalistan flags and writing slogans on the wall of Himachal Assembly in Dharamsala,” said Rupnagar SSP Dr Sandeep Garg.
He further said, “During interrogation, the accused also accepted that he along with his accomplice had put up Khalistan banners outside our office (mini-secretariat complex) in Ropar, Punjab on 13 April. The accused have been handed over to Himachal Police.”
Notably, the ‘Khalistan’ flags were found tied on the main gate of the Assembly and walls on 8 May.
Police had also registered an FIR under sections 153-A and 153-B of IPC, section 3 of HP Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1985, and section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) at Dharamshala Police station after the ‘Khalistan’ flags incident.
Police booked banned outfit ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) general counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and called him the ‘main accused’ in the case.
WEDDING BELLS FOR PUNJAB CM BHAGWANT MANN
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is set to tie the knot with 32-year-old Dr Gurpreet Kaur in Chandigarh on Thursday. CM Bhagwant Mann got divorced from his first wife in 2015. It is being said that Bhagwant Mann›s mother and sister wanted this marriage to happen.
At the age of 48, Bhagwant Mann will marry for the second time. The wedding ceremony will take place at his residence in a simple manner. Only family members will attend the wedding ceremony. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to attend the function. Bhagwant Mann will get married according to Sikh customs.
Dr Gurpreet Kaur belongs to a simple family. It is also being said that both the families have known each other for a long time. Dr Kaur is a Chandigarh-based practising Doctor.
Bhagwant Mann got divorced 6 years back and has two young children from his previous wedding. Both the kids attended Mann›s CM Oath ceremony and are residing in America with their mother.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha wished CM Mann a happy married life on Wednesday. Chadha responded to a Twitter user’s comment, “And one thought that Raghav Chadha was the most eligible bachelor in AAP”. To which, he said, “Chhote da number vadde ton baad hi aunda hai. Best wishes to my vadde veer Mann Saab and Dr Gurpreet Kaur for a happy and blessed married life.”
20 SHORTLISTED AIRMEN APPROACH DELHI HC
Twenty shortlisted Airmen seeking direction for issuance of enrollment list and appointment letters have approached the Delhi High court. They are seeking appointment as per the notification of 2019 and that they should not be affected by the new Agnipath scheme.
The matter has been adjourned for two weeks as another similar matter is to be heard in Supreme Court next week. The division bench of justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Saurabh Banerjee adjourned the hearing on the petition for two weeks.
The petition moved through advocate Prashant Bhushan has sought direction from the Ministry of Defence and Central Airmen Selection Board to complete the recruitment process by publishing an enrollment list in terms of the notification of December 11, 2019 and consequently issue appointment letters to the shortlisted candidates.
The petitioners have also sought the issuing of a direction declaring that the notification of 2019 shall not be affected by the Agnipath scheme and subsequent notification of June 24, 2022. It is stated that the recruitment was to be done in three phases, which consisted of an online test, a physical fitness test, a group discussion, adaptability tests and a medical examination. The petitioners appeared and qualified in all three phases. Thereafter, a provisional selection list containing the names of the petitioners was published on May 31, 2021. The list contained the names of the candidates, cut-off marks and the position of the candidate in the merit list.
INSTAGRAM DOWN: USERS FACE ISSUE LOGGING IN, SENDING MESSAGES
New Delhi: Instagram, a Meta-owned social media platform, went down for a while earlier today, preventing many users from logging in and using the platform. However, it has now been restored. Several users took to Twitter to confirm that Instagram is not working for them. While some other users reported that their feeds were not refreshing, others complained of not being able to reply.
According to DownDetector, the first surge in complaints started shortly after 8 pm on 5 July and peaked at around 11 pm, when more than 1200 users reported experiencing problems with Instagram. By SAM on 6 July, the situation appeared to be getting better, but new reports have been mounting that it hasn’t been resolved.
Netizens took to Twitter, reporting their issue of not being able to access the social media platform. A user wrote, “Me to Instagram after refreshing my phone 3 times and reinstalling Instagram 2 times”. Another user posted, “Me waiting for the Instagram dm’s to work again to see the 0 DMS I have #instagramdown.” “No one: Instagram once every month: #instagramdown”, a netizen wrote.
However, unlike previous outages, the app was not unavailable to all Instagram users. Some reports also claimed that some users were able to use the platform during the outage. These users could access their accounts and use all aspects of the platform, including refreshing their feeds and opening new profiles.
Instagram has yet to acknowledge the problem, and no official statement has been issued. The platform has also experienced several similar outages in recent months, including one, last month on the night of Tuesday, 19 April.
DSP Faridkot held for accepting bribe from drug supplier
Punjab Police on Wednesday arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Faridkot Lakhvir Singh for accepting Rs 10 lakhs as a bribe from a drug supplier for not nominating him in the FIR registered under NDPS Act in Tarn Taran, said the Director-General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav.
The development came after the Tarn Taran district police had arrested a drug supplier identified as Pishora Singh from a petrol pump near Patti Morh after recovering 250 grams of opium and Rs 1 lakh of drug money from his possession on Sunday. Accused Pishora, a resident of village Model Boparai in Tarn Taran, was wanted in the FIR dated 30 June 2022, in which his aide Surjit Singh of village Mari Megha in Tarn Taran was arrested with 900grams of opium.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that during the investigation by the Tarn Taran Police, Surjit revealed that he had purchased opium from Pishora, who is the main drug supplier.
“When Police started conducting raids to arrest him, Pishora tried to bribe Patti CIA in-charge by offering Rs 7-8 lakhs through ASI Rashpal Singh (posted as MHC CIA Patti), in lieu of not arresting and nominating him in this case, but the in-charge refused to accept the bribe,” he said while adding that the Police teams continued their efforts to arrest Pishora.
Later, Pishora met Rashpal Singh’s brother Hira Singh through his acquaintance Nishan Singh of village Sito in Tarn Taran, and together they approached DSP Lakhvir, who also happened to be the cousin of Hira Singh, where the DSP negotiated the settlement at Rs 10 lakhs to help the drug supplier, said the DGP, adding that the accused DSP instructed Hira to keep the amount with him.
On the disclosure of Pishora Singh, the Police have also recovered Rs 9.97 lakhs from the house of Hira Singh.
Reiterating the commitment of the Punjab government to make Punjab a corruption-free state, DGP Gaurav Yadav unequivocally said that any Police officer/official found indulged in corruption will not be spared.
SSP Tarn Taran Ranjit Singh Dhillon said that the Police have also nominated ASI Rashpal Singh, Nishan Singh and Hira Singh in the FIR and raids are being conducted to nab them.
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